Chameleon or Not. Lizard or Louse?

A look around my surroundings here in Florida & I easily see lizards. A closer look and I notice a few differen  Types of Lizards Found in Florida.

Here is a video I managed to do of 2 different types of lizards. They notice each other, they express themselves & I thought they were about to fight, as sometimes they do. After the vid. I’ll write a few comments…

Brown vs. Green video:

Notice how the brown one pumps his body & pushes out a sack under his chin. The light brown one (who was bright green a few moments earlier) has changed its color & puff out his sack too. An answer saying, “Hey, I see you. You see me? I’m here & you don’t want you messing with me.”

The above vid. was shot after I shot the next one. Note the green one is turning darker brown within a few seconds & eyeballing a larger, much darker lizard above him.

Green turned brown: 

The last vid. I shot is next. Note how bright green he is again long after being around the dark brown lizard, getting something to eat & ready to return to the green ferns where he lives.

Leaves area bright bright green again: 

I’m fascinated by nature & exploring the science behind things and for me it just leads to a deeper acknowledgment to The Creator. It also helps me see some metephorical lessons/parables.  

For this post, first I’ll share the info. about lizards then a deeper metephorical meaning I draw from it.

Here is info. I found and wanted to share in this blog post:When coming to Florida many people, including myself on my first visit, are amused by the scampering of lizards whenever you walk near a landscaped area. These little reptiles can be seen as a nuisance when they enter a home but overall they are a sign of a healthy landscape and offer benefits to humans.  There are several species of lizards that live in the Northeast Florida region, some native and other non-native or invasive.

Green Anole

The most common of the native lizards is the Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis). These 5-8 inch long reptiles live their lives in trees and shrubs, changing color from green to brown based on the heat and sun and are able to climb glass and walls. However, they are not chameleons and are actually more closely related to iguanas.

The male Green Anole can often be seen displaying their pink throat dewlap, which they extend as a sign of dominance or as a mating display. One neat fact is that if grabbed onto by a predator, the tail of the anoles will break off and will regrow. They live their lives eating flies, beetles, and other invertebrates and are very common in the pet trade (I had a few growing up in Delaware).

Brown Anole

Another very common sight in the landscape is the Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei).  It is brown, often with white diamonds on its back, and has a shorter snout than the Green Anole with an orange throat dewlap. These were accidentally introduced from the West Indies in the early 1900’s and can be found throughout the state.  This invasive species will compete for resources and eat the young of the green anole.

Skinks

Skinks are a common variety of lizard, being mainly distinguished by their round bodies and short legs. The showy variety is the southern five-lined skink (Eumeces inexpectatus), which can be identified by five yellow lines running down the back of the body and a bright, fluorescent blue tail which fades with aged. The ground or brown skink (Scincilla lateralis) is another native skink that is 3-4 inches long and brown in color. Both of these species spend most of their lives on the ground around leaf litter and rotting logs but will climb walls and vegetation to get to food.

Geckos

The Tropical House Gecko (Hemidactylus mabouia) and Mediterranean Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus), are not native to this area and may be invasive, but little is known of their effect on native frog and lizard populations.  Both of these lizards are brown in color, with large eyes without eyelids, and have large, spread finger feet. These invaders came from the pet trade and can often be found around your porch light or in garages looking for food.

Glass Lizards

Finally, one of the most overlooked and interesting of all lizards in this area are glass lizards. These lizards range in size from 15-40 inches long, are legless, oftentimes being confused for snakes.  They can be identified by their narrow head, grooves running up the side of their bodies. Their movement is stiffer than snakes and are rarely seen as they spend most of their time underground or in heavy vegetation, feeding on insects.

These often overlooked members of the ecology of your yard can provide entertainment, watching the native lizards hunt, move throughout the landscape, and establish their social hierarchy. They also provide a level of pest control, eating many insects, spiders, and other potentially harmful invertebrates. If you would like to attract these lizards to your yard, provide shelter such as shrubs, trees, logs, or other hiding places along with a diverse array of flowering and non-flowering plants to bring in insects for them to feed on.

For more information on Florida’s lizards and other reptiles, information can be found through the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Johnson Lab at http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/index.shtml and a great read on invasive reptiles can be found at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/uw365.

by  Wayne Hobbs

 April 24, 2017

LESSON:

Personal note, consideration & observations:

Think about this for a moment. The northern green lizard I filmed above changed its color from a very bright green to a dark brown when it moved from the green shrubs & into my shaded porch. It most likely also changed because it was excited (stirred) when seeing the other lizard. I’m thinking about this “green one turned brown”, it’s in its nature to change. It can’t help it, can’t control it. Its skin responds to internal instinct.

 Until I looked it up I didn’t understand why 1 lizard was so different from the other. A Lizard is a lizard right? Can’t they all just get along? Just because they are from a different family do they have to fight or naturally not get along?

Well, the lesson for me right here, right now, is that all creatures are created equal & serve a purpose; however, each one’s behavior will vary according to their nature. Unlike humans, who become greedy & prideful, they aren’t fighting to show how strong they are they are just looking to survive and I witnessed today how they learned to share an area and both got to eat. I see & hear about humans of different races, cultures, political & religious beliefs fighting & even killing anyone who is not just like them. Our sinful nature may cause us to be prejudice & act contrary to how God wants us to be. All the more reason I need Christ to renew my nature & make me more loving, kind, forgiving & like Christ. 

Jesus time & time again displayed love toward others who were consideted trash by others of a different upbringing, culture, race & heritage. Check out John chapter 4 & chapter 8 for yourself.

These civil wars, racial wars & disrespect to anyone different from us can stop. Christ has forgiven us & set the example that we should love & forgive others. Even for those that were cheering that he die he prayed for forgiveness. 

We can “be” the difference and make the difference through Christ’s ability to change our perspective.

Not that we stop being human any more than a lizard stops being a lizard. Just as the green anoles changes from bright green to dark brown or other Chameleons turn even brighter colors, so also we are going to be “more colorful” at times but with Christ’s Holy Spirit living in us our nature, our trueself, our base characters will be more like Christ than we were when we didn’t know & trust HIM.

This lifestyle, relationship based, Christianity is a process of Spiritual growth. Becoming a follower is just the beginning, then it’s a matter of actually following, that is the continuance of holiness (being set apart for Christ).

Is the green lizard being a louse (like an unpleasant person) or is it just a different kind of lizard who may change its color but, none-the-less, it is still a lizard looking for food.

May we let Christ’s character, His nature, His Spirit live in us.

Amen.

🐸🐸🐍🐍EXTRAS🐍🐍🐸🐸…

I wrote a short illustrated story about a frog & a lizard is you’re interested go to 👉Shipwreck Charlie F.R.O.G.👈 at the end of that story is a link to The Deeper Meaning giving a little more background.

Hi

Video from fb live with great shots of that same norther green anole lizard…right around 13:10 or so in video. He changes color on screen :

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10212764233956792&id=1115843005

Additionally info: https://sciencing.com/types-lizards-found-florida-8333409.html

Here are some details: 

Florida

By Skip Davis; Updated April 25, 2017

The green anole is one of Florida's native lizard species.

Also known as the Sunshine State, Florida provides habitats for lizards in its swamplands, forests and coastal regions. This southeastern state has warm temperatures year-round, which is a boon for cold-blooded lizards that maintain their body heat from external sources. Invasive lizard populations have increased since the 19th century and pose as a threat to the survival of Florida’s native lizards, which have to compete for food and habitat space.

Sand Skink

Sand skinks, or Neoseps reynoldsi, are found in Central Florida–particularly Marion and Highlands Counties–and appear to be legless. This lizard has four legs, but they are small and virtually nonfunctional. As adults, sand skinks grow up to approximately 5 inches. These reptiles’ natural habitat are sandy areas, as their name suggests, and coniferous forests with pine trees. A sand skink’s reproduction period typically occurs in the spring.

Reef Gecko

The reef gecko, or Sphaerodactylus notatus, are only found in the islands of the Florida Keys and coastal regions of the Sunshine State. This dark-skinned gecko grows up to 2.5 inches when they fully mature. Reef geckos are primarily active at night. Humans have chances to see reef geckos under leaves and debris on Florida’s beaches; in urban areas, these geckos also live in ornament gardens. Physical characteristics include a pointy snout and boney ridges over the gecko’s eyes.

Six-lined Racerunner

Six-lined racerunners (Aspidoscelis sexlineatus) belong in the Teiidae family of lizards; this reptilian family are also called “whiptails,” due to their long slender tails. The six-lined racerunners have dark skin with six light-colored stripes running from head to tail; male six-lined racerunners have blue bellies. Including its tail, these lizards may grow up to one foot long when they reach maturity. The hind legs of six-linted racerunners are nearly twice as large as its front legs.

Florida Scrub Lizard

One of the only endemic lizards in the state is the Florida scrub lizard, or Sceloporus woodi. This reptilian species belongs to the iguana family of lizards, although it is one of the smallest iguana species. As adults, Florida scrub lizards grow up to 5 inches. Some of the Florida scrub lizard’s physical characteristics are the spiny scales on its back and two dark brown stripes that run from head to tail. Florida scrub lizards are usually found on the state’s Atlantic Coast and near Central Florida’s lakes.

Northern Green Anole

The northern green anole, or Anolis carolinensis, is the only anole lizard native to Florida. This anole lizard is completely green, a coloration that allows it to blend into its forest habitat. Green anoles are found in South Florida sites, including Everglades National Park and greater Miami. When green anoles feel threatened or excited, their skin morphs into a brownish color. Green anoles also shed their skin on an annual basis.

Get your exclusive 15% off coupon to Cyberghost VPN only in the Sciencing Shop! Enter code CYBERGHOST15 at checkout!Northern Green AnoleThe northern green anole, or Anolis carolinensis, is the only anole lizard native to Florida. This anole lizard is completely green, a coloration that allows it to blend into its forest habitat. Green anoles are found in South Florida sites, including Everglades National Park and greater Miami. When green anoles feel threatened or excited, their skin morphs into a brownish color. Green anoles also shed their skin on an annual basis.

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