.#AToZChallengeJamaica: L is for Lizard

Many Jamaicans (even fully grown men) shudder at the word “lizard.” But they are fascinating and totally harmless creatures! Like Susan, we happily share our home with a variety of lizards – some living behind pictures, others pottering around on windowsills and shelves. I am familiar with this species (and they really DO stare you down!) This is a fascinating post about their little dewlaps, too!

Right Steps & Poui Trees

Lizards are not the most popular animals in Jamaica. In fact, many Jamaicans have a positive dislike for these reptiles, sometimes bordering on a phobia.

The other day, I spent some time observing a lizard in my garden, taking some photographs while he let me.

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Anolis lineatopus. The Jamaican Grey Anole or Stripefoot Anole, which is endemic to Jamaica. (I learned more about the classification of Jamaican lizards, while trying to identify this little chap, than I have ever known before! The internet is a fascinating place.)

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When I first spotted him, there was a female nearby, but she scurried off as I approached. He stood his ground, however, and looked at me askance.

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In fact, he stared at me face to face, not backing down at all…

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He even stuck his dewlap out at me, though I wasn’t quick enough to take a picture of him with it fully…

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