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Old Fort Lizard

Another lizard on the steps of Fort de Soto, a 19th century battery on Mullet Key, near St Petersburg. This one was displaying a brightly coloured chin flap that was in distinct contrast to its dark body.

St Petersburg, Florida
May 2008

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ozarque
May. 20th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
That's an amazing photo; I've never seen a lizard do that. During the years I lived in Sarasota, I saw lizards galore -- including lizards that turned up in my bed every now and then -- but I never saw one do a chin-flap display. I'm no authority on lizards -- for all I know, that display is a common event -- but it's new to me. Now I need to find out if any of our little blue skinks here in Arkansas have that ability.
sclerotic_rings
May. 20th, 2008 02:52 pm (UTC)
The skinks won't, but if you're really lucky, you'll get the chance to see them do their arm-wave displays. (Fence swifts in particular are really good at that, and if you find a quiet place where they don't feel threatened by humans, you'll see two males on a flat surface, showing off the brilliant blue patches under their arms in an attempt to shoo off the other.)
ozarque
May. 20th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
Good heavens .... I had no idea. Now that you've told me about it, I'll hope hard for a chance to see that happen. But I have lived here almost thirty years, and I have never yet seen more than one skink at a time...
sclerotic_rings
May. 20th, 2008 02:50 pm (UTC)
Man, I want to get back to Florida. I desperately miss the lizards almost as much as I miss the tree frogs.
ffutures
May. 20th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
Neat, looks like one of those rubber thimbles people wear to sort papers.
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