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Sunbathing

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Anole Lizards being reptiles and cold-blooded animals, like to sunbathe to get warm.  I could not imagine though, seeing lizards sunbathing on the tops of  heat pump air conditioner units, of all things!  It all stated when I looked out my window a couple of days ago and saw an Anole Lizard sitting on the air conditioner in the back yard.  I went out to take a few pictures and noticed that the neighbor across from me also had a little lizard perched on top of their air conditioner.  Aha, a trend, I thought!

I live in a neighborhood of attached row homes.  To informally test my new hunch about the lizards, I quickly decided to take a short walk between the buildings  down the back common grassy area.  I did this early in the afternoon.  Nearly every home I saw had one, two or three lizards sunning themselves on the air conditioners!  Amazing!  I like lizards.  Lizards help keep the insect population in check.  These small Anole Lizards seem common here in Florida.   I took these pictures on May 2, 2013 in my yard and near my home.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Comments on: "Sunbathing" (10)

  1. so cute! i see them only rarely around here.

    • Hi Theresa, I did not know that these lizards were found in TX so it is good to know that. Thanks! Have a super nice day and another great one tomorrow!

  2. Good Grief!!!! How interesting and amazing! There is SOMETHING about the units that they love!!! i love the picture with the big blown up red throat!! Do birds go after them?

    • Hi Ginny, The lizards like the warmth of the sun on the steel of the units and maybe the left-over heat from the operation of the heat pump/air conditioners. The red pouch on the throat is maybe used to attract the females and intimidate other males. Yes, I have seen a Common Crow with a lizard in its beak. Have a great day and an excellent week ahead!

  3. These Anoles used to be sold as children’s pets way back when I was a little girl in California. They used to have them on string leashes with a safety pin and sell them at the county fair for a dollar – cage was many more $$ and that was how the sellers got their bucks. Now that is not allowed and I don’t think the lizards are commonly sold. This all was back in the late 1950’s.

  4. Another fascinating thing is that Anole Lizards can change in color from brown to green at times and back again.

  5. They are so cute, love that orange color popping out. Great shots! Have a happy week!

  6. They’re cute! I love lizards and miss them here this far north.

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