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Lizard Sex

These brown anoles were being amorous on the sidewalk to my front door.  The female will lay eggs in the moist soil of our flowerbeds. The warmth of the Florida sunshine is enough to incubate the eggs until they hatch about a month later. The little baby lizards are on their own to find insects to eat and to find shelter to stay safe from birds, snakes and toads.

Brown anoles are native to Cuba and the Bahamas but have spread into Florida and other Gulf Coast States and north into southern Georgia. These lizards came by boat and through the pet trade. In the U.S. mainland, they are considered an invasive species and probably negatively impact the native green anole population.

These anoles thrive in the disturbed areas; that is why they are so common in housing developments and resorts here in Florida.

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