I found a my first lizard in the back yard this Summer (2006), and couldn't get over how cool it was, but I decided to let it go.
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About a month later, I saw my lizard friend again. I decided to keep it this time. They are called fence lizards. They liked our apple crate in the backyard, as it resembles a fence, so I brought a couple pieces of it to them.
Here he is all sprawled out after eating a big meal. I think this proves that he is a male.
He's smaller than a quarter, yet he acts like he's ten feet tall.
This year (2007) we got a ton of rain and have an abundance of Geckos. I am fascinated with baby lizards, and tonight (August 8) I came across the smallest one I've seen yet.
After catching the first one, I decided to catch a couple more. I caught the one on the left and another that size. Unlike fence lizards who can regenerate a tail when it is bitten off, geckos actually eject their tails when they think they need to. The third one did this to me even though I didn't have a hold of his tail. The tail then squirms around like a worm, which is supposed to attract the predator.
The little one hasn't eaten much yet, his body is much skinnier proportionately. When I first saw him, I thought he might be a baby fence lizard that wasn't developed yet. After catching the older two, it was clear that they were all geckos. I'm not as big a fan of geckos. They remind me of baby mice that haven't grown hair or eyelids yet. For some reason I like lizards that can close their eyes and have scales. I let all the geckos go after watching them for an hour or so. Still hoping to catch a fence lizard this young.
Here's the latest pet lizard. He seems well adapted to cage living, and has no problem eating crickets. I think he'll be around for a while.
He hates getting picked up, but once he's in your hand, he is very comfortable.
Here's a good shot of the boys.
I think the big one is asserting dominance.