This post is dedicated to Mama and Papa, who taught me to love and protect creatures of all sorts.
One of my favorite haunts lately has been a prairie restoration area. They perform controlled burns there in order to encourage growth of the local species adapted to recover from such events. In the morning and evening, you can find so many birds here, many of them singing.
And now…for something completely different: anoles in competition!! It’s really interesting to me how they start out looking not too different from the GEICO gecko. But when they get excited they look like little Komodo Dragons, and have an awesome feature called a dewlap, which they inflate in territorial battles or when finding a mate.
This was “King Komodo”…then there appeared a pretender to the throne:
That didn’t last long:
And then there was an ambush:
I have heard an odd peep outside my window sounding somewhere between a squirrel and a frog. By tracing the sound, I eventually saw a green anole crawl out from behind a corner of the window canopy! The first result for a Google search on “green anole sound”–at the time of writing, a 2015 article in the Florida Sentinel–yields some mis-information. It claims they are silent. However, in the following video you can see quite clearly that the Green Anole in his left hand yelps when he tries to stretch its dewlap 😀
Here’s an article from 2013 similarly wondering about the variance and unknowns of anole vocalization:
Enjoy nature while you can!