I haven’t had much time or good weather to get out and do any birding recently. Having the itch to use my camera I was looking around my back yard and realized I have these little lizards I don’t know much about and they are all over the place. So I grabbed my camera and snapped a couple shots. The male is the more colorful version below. When I zoomed in on these little guys I could see their ancestral resemblance to dinosaurs; specifically they look like mini velociraptors to me. After doing a little research I found out they are non-native to Florida.
Brown Anoles were introduced to Florida around 1887 in the Florida Keys and have flourished ever since. They have a dewlap or a throat pouch they stick out from time to time. They stick it out for breeding purposes and to establish territory. I have seen them show off their throat pouch many times, but I haven’t captured it on camera…yet. Stay tuned for future blog posts of my backyard mini velociraptors in action.