A Study in Lizards
Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard's rustling, a breath, a flash, a moment - a little makes the way of the best happiness. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
Lizards are everywhere here in Serenbe. I see them on days I pay attention. They scurry and nap. They pose and ponder. They watch me as much as I watch them, or so it seems. I’ve loved lizards since I was a child. Though I no longer collect them, I continue to enjoy them.
This is a Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis), the most common lizard in Georgia. Those of you who are pestered by bugs can appreciate that lizards eat spiders and insects. You want these critters around.
If you pause for even a moment, you will notice that beauty is underfoot. Always, and sometimes in the most unlikely places.
Take a moment to get in close and see what is often taken for granted.
These creatures are remarkable and fun to watch.
Look at those toes grasping the flower! And the bend of the elbow.
I am fascinated by lizard toes.
This must be a baby because it is only about 2 inches long, or less.
Female anoles can lay single eggs every two weeks between March and October. No wonder I see them everywhere.
They are masters of climbing and often live in trees.
They can change their color from bright green to dark brown but they are not related to chameleons. I’ve read that their color varies depending on their mood, temperature, humidity and health.
What a beauty! Right here on my porch in Serenbe. But lizards are almost everywhere! I’ve read that there are almost 3,800 species worldwide. Over 110 kinds can be found in the United States.
The detail of color, texture, and pattern amazes me.
And those toes! Well, you already know how I feel about lizard toes.