Reptiles of Florida: posted by Logan

This is a Curlytail Lizard I caught for a friend.  Curlytail’s mainly live in the Bahamas but then they were introduced to Florida in the 1940s to eat bugs off of sugar cane.  Now they are just eating all the other lizards.  They are easy to catch because when they try to turn or stop, they just spin out so you can catch them while they are spinning out.

Curlytail lizard

This gecko we found climbing on a wall while we were camping in Georgia.  Geckos can lose their tail and lose their skin to get away from predators.  It is a Common House Gecko and they only come out at night.


Iguana’s are an invasive species that the locals call green dogs.  There are 3 different kinds of iguanas in Florida, the Common Green Iguana, Mexican Spiny Tailed and Black Spiny Tailed.  Their bites can make you very sick so do not try and catch one.  They can be territorial so if they get on your boat, you are going to have a very hard time getting them off.  There is one that lives on a catamaran near us.  They can grow up to 6 feet!

Common Green Iguana

I catch lots of Brown Anoles which I called lizards until I looked it up.  They can puff up their necks into a big red air sack.  The locals use them as earrings.

Brown Anole

Brown Anole – Mom’s new earing.




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