Friday, July 9, 2010


07.09.10, originally uploaded by colemama.

These lizards (officially called brown or Cuban anoles) are common in Florida. They are quick and sneaky, often slipping into homes - which can be startling! But they also consume insects that might also sneak into the house - lizards are preferable over roaches any day! Their colorful dewlaps, often accompanied by 'push-ups', are displayed when threatened or competing with other males for territory or females.

Catching this dewlap display was a bit surprising, as he was 'on the run', but the 'gotcha' was rewarding. Gotcha is frequently used to catch students demonstrating poor or bad behavior. But, it could just as easily be turned for for the good! Gotcha! Naples, FL


  1. Incredible colors on this fellow! Well done!

  2. Wow. This is a beautiful shot! The colors of the fence in contrast with the lizard are amazing. And the composition is very dynamic. I love it. :)