Some wild Florida lizards

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I don't usually have my phone ready to get pictures but today I had it out and captured two species at the same location. The brown one is an introduced "curly tail" lizard and Florida scrub lizard hybrid. The green one is a Cuban Anole. They are both not fully grown.
 

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I don't usually have my phone ready to get pictures but today I had it out and captured two species at the same location. The brown one is an introduced "curly tail" lizard and Florida scrub lizard hybrid. The green one is a Cuban Anole. They are both not fully grown.
Nice
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What size are they Ed and how big will they grow?
 

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Cubans sure are mean little guys.
 

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Pure Curly tails about 6.5 inches. Pure scrub lizards maybe 5 inches. For some reason a hybrid can get very large. At least 6.5 inches
The Anole get big as well. Over a foot in length.
And like LaDuke says, they can bite really hard.
My first experience was maybe 15 years ago. The first one I ever saw. I chased him into my garage and tossed a motorcycle cover over him and picked him up. Even through the cover his bite was so hard I still remember the pain.
 

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This is a brown Basilisk from my back yard previously. (Jesus Lizard..Runs on water)
There is also a much more rare green variant. It's unusual to find them far from water.
Also a photo of a Florida strain green iguana. The original introduced species grew to six feet. However the ones that have been able to deal with our winters are smaller and I haven't seen one over four feet in many years. They also have heads more like a "Rhino" iguana.
The red one is a typical male. (And missing a foot)
 

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Ahhhh! Can I come visit? All we get in Eugene is a few little blue bellies and some garter snakes. If you're really patient you can sometimes find a gopher snake.
I miss my iguana a ton, even though he was an @$$! (Now when you google "Iguana face bite" you get to see my smiling mug all over the internet) - I really do belong in a warmer climate.
 

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(Now when you google "Iguana face bite" you get to see my smiling mug all over the internet) - I really do belong in a warmer climate.

Oh! Oh, why did I do that? Ow.

I'm covered in scratches and bite wounds from years of working with cats, who are also unpredictable, but that was way worse than my cat-related ER trip (though your ER visit probably didn't involve five separate interns coming in to see the cat bite on your butt. I could have done without that).
 

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I've got a funny iguana story:
A few years ago we had a cold snap that killed tens of thousands of iguanas.
Someone came into my shop and said that a bus driver was going crazy because there was an iguana on the hood of her bus.
He said that he took off the iguana and didn't know what the fuss was about because "he is tame".
He then proceeded to reach into his jacket. It is about 50 degrees and warm inside his jacket.
Out pops a three foot bright green iguana that proceeded to rip his face, neck and hands to ribbons with its teeth and claws and for good measure whipped another mechanic with his tail as he ran out the door.
 

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I've got a funny iguana story:
A few years ago we had a cold snap that killed tens of thousands of iguanas.
Someone came into my shop and said that a bus driver was going crazy because there was an iguana on the hood of her bus.
He said that he took off the iguana and didn't know what the fuss was about because "he is tame".
He then proceeded to reach into his jacket. It is about 50 degrees and warm inside his jacket.
Out pops a three foot bright green iguana that proceeded to rip his face, neck and hands to ribbons with its teeth and claws and for good measure whipped another mechanic with his tail as he ran out the door.
Not wise to warm them up!
 

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Oh trust me, EVERYONE came to check out my face and ask over and over what happened. I finally started making elaborate stories about falling off stripper poles, kissing hyenas and cannibal attacks.
Hope you've made a good recovery and the scars have healed OK.
 

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I celebrated my 5 year Iguana-versary on May 16th of this year and I'm all healed. I have a tiny scar on the bridge of my nose and that's it. I got really lucky and that reconstructive surgeon was worth every penny.
 

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I celebrated my 5 year Iguana-versary on May 16th of this year and I'm all healed. I have a tiny scar on the bridge of my nose and that's it. I got really lucky and that reconstructive surgeon was worth every penny.
Lucky. Iguana mouths and toenails often harbor some nasty bacteria. Things could have been much worse.
 

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Just now, while I was working on a recreational vehicle for one of our High Schools, I came across these.
A small green iguana and a Basilisk in the one shot.
Then the same Basilisk and a large, female green Iguana.
Strange.
As hot as it is today, they are all basking and slow moving..

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