Georgia Wild – Lizards

Georgia Wild – Lizards


Hi, welcome to Georgia Wild! I’m Linda May, and today’s topic is lizards. Georgia is home to 17 different species of
lizards, including 13 native species that occur naturally here, and 4 nonnative exotic
species, ones that were accidentally introduced here. You may have at least a few different species
living in your yard, and they’re really fun to watch. So keep an eye out for anoles, like this little
green anole here, fence lizards, skinks, race runners, and even glass lizards, which have
no legs and are sometimes misidentified as snakes. The green anole is the most common of our
lizards in the state. Because they can change color from green to
brown, and vice versa, many people refer to them as chameleons. But unlike true chameleons, which don’t live
here in the wild, green anoles don’t have upper and lower eyelids that are fused together. And the way they change colors is a little
different, too. The green anole’s body color depends more
on the temperature outside, and its activity level, rather than trying to blend in with
a particular environment. In cooler weather, when green anoles are less
active, they’re usually a dull brown color, sometimes with light markings down the back. But in warmer weather, when the anoles are
courting and hunting for insects, they’re a beautiful bright green color, like this
one. I absolutely love seeing a male green anole
staking out his territory and searching for a mate. He does these little push-ups with his skinny
front little legs, and then he flares out his pink throat fan, or dewlap, to show his
manly strength. He probably thinks he looks sexy, but to us
humans, it’s just pretty hilarious. I personally’ve never seen a female green
anole come running up to a displaying male, but those persistent push-ups must impress
the lizard ladies at least some of the time. You may see other lizards, like the Eastern
fence lizard, performing this push-up ritual, too. Consider yourself fortunate when you do. Not only are lizards entertaining to watch,
but they provide wonderful pest-control services for us, too. All lizards in Georgia eat insects and spiders,
as well as other invertebrates, which means fewer unpleasant enconters with these creatures
in our yards and gardens. If you’d like to learn more about Georgia’s
lizards, pick up a field guide to reptiles, or the Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia
book. Also, some good resources online include the
UGA Museum of Natural History’s Wildlife Web, and the Savannah River Ecology Lab’s Lizard
Webpage. Be sure to slow down and take notice of these
neat little reptiles the next time you go outside. Well that’s all the time we have for today,
but thanks for watching, and thanks for helping to keep Georgia Wild! You’re doing good. Are you awake? If you’d like — He’s asleep! (off-screen) He’s down there! Cheese! — seen a female green anole — Be sure to slow down and take notice of these —

Randy Schultz

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4 thoughts on “Georgia Wild – Lizards

  1. Scott L says:

    Thanks Linda!

  2. Prime.Gaming. Studios says:

    Cool!

  3. Georgina Hamilton says:

    Love the info about these beautiful creatures. Thanks

  4. Trail of the Wild Wild says:

    I am new! I Just found your channel! This was an awesome video!

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