Lake Worth, Florida lizard ID

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Lake Worth, Florida lizard ID

Post by herpseeker1978 » May 25th, 2015, 11:58 am

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Re: Lake Worth, Florida lizard ID

Post by Kelly Mc » May 25th, 2015, 12:24 pm

I'll play.. My guess is the non indigenous curly tailed lizard. Leiocephalus

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Re: Lake Worth, Florida lizard ID

Post by chris_mcmartin » May 25th, 2015, 12:30 pm

Kelly Mc wrote:I'll play.. My guess is the non indigenous curly tailed lizard. Leiocephalus

Second.

I'll see your genus and raise you the species; guessing Leiocephalus carinatus.

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Re: Lake Worth, Florida lizard ID

Post by herpseeker1978 » May 25th, 2015, 12:34 pm

that would make sense, she said it was not afraid of people, could be a recent release

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Re: Lake Worth, Florida lizard ID

Post by Kelly Mc » May 25th, 2015, 12:50 pm

I tried squeezin my memory and heard the Spanish carne heehee not relevant but funny. I would have had to look it up for the subsp and that's no fun in an image ID game.

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Re: Lake Worth, Florida lizard ID

Post by Lloyd Heilbrunn » May 25th, 2015, 8:29 pm

herpseeker1978 wrote:that would make sense, she said it was not afraid of people, could be a recent release
I would doubt that, I don't think very many people keep them as pets.

They are both common in Palm Beach county and pretty used to people, I've decided their natural habitat in Florida is parking bumpers....

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Re: Lake Worth, Florida lizard ID

Post by herpseeker1978 » May 25th, 2015, 8:44 pm

I've seen them in pet shops here more than a few times...

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Re: Lake Worth, Florida lizard ID

Post by Kelly Mc » May 25th, 2015, 9:31 pm

The Curly tails all breed readily in captivity. Confident and active vivaria inhabitants if given alot of stimulating surface values.

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Re: Lake Worth, Florida lizard ID

Post by Kelly Mc » May 25th, 2015, 10:20 pm

I had 2 personatus (my favorite) hatch out of the same egg once.

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Re: Lake Worth, Florida lizard ID

Post by Lloyd Heilbrunn » May 26th, 2015, 5:45 am

herpseeker1978 wrote:I've seen them in pet shops here more than a few times...

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Maybe so, but Occam's Razor says that a common exotic is unlikely to be a "recent release" even though it might seem unafraid of people....

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Re: Lake Worth, Florida lizard ID

Post by Kelly Mc » May 26th, 2015, 6:43 am

I don't know if there is a term for the behavior, but there is a phenomenon that we have all seen in densities of human and animals - where animals expertly allow a range of proximity before flight that is far closer than it would be in more natural (less dense) circumstances.. this is exemplified by birds in cities, and monkeys and other mega fauna in tourist spots.

In reptiles its seen also, with Gallotia lizards actually taking fruit from vacationers hands. Biologically less energy expenditure would be a benefit, in this successful gauging of danger and distance

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Re: Lake Worth, Florida lizard ID

Post by Noah M » May 26th, 2015, 7:00 am

Curly-tail (Leiocephalus carinatus) for sure. And I would venture it is not a released pet - it seems those things are all over the southeastern part of the state, and I suspect the population is expanding.

http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/nonna ... il-lizard/

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Re: Lake Worth, Florida lizard ID

Post by BillMcGighan » May 27th, 2015, 4:57 am

In some Florida colonies Curlytails get like park squirrels. They know exactly their limits of closeness to little arms that try to snatch them up. In one park in south Florida, it was just as entertaining for us to watch a couple kids try to grab one of about a dozen in the midday heat. The animals let the kids get incredibly close!

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Re: Lake Worth, Florida lizard ID

Post by BillMcGighan » May 27th, 2015, 9:27 am

disregard - accidental double post

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