Look What I Found ...

Discussion in 'THE CROTON SOCIETY' started by Moose, Jan 14, 2015.

Banner funded expressly in recognition and support of Tropiscape.

  1. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

    Messages:
    7,952
    Location:
    Coral Gables, FL Zone 10b
    Following Dr. Frank Brown's words of wisdom, I took a saunter around the garden shortly after sunrise. There was a heavy cool misty fog with the sun struggling to beak through. I happened upon this critter hanging out in the Bogoriensis awaiting some warming rays. Pretty certain its not a native (can any reptile fans ID?), its the first I've seen in my garden that looks like this. The head had this strange looking "helmet" that colored a chocolate red. The underbelly has an orangish hue.The tail has dark banding. What I strange is that his fore feet are grasping the branch while his hind legs are straddling it. I guesstimate the overall length to be about 12 inches.

    Truly an onward through the fog morning ...

    critter 1.JPG critter 2.JPG critter 3.JPG
     
    Kingdavid likes this.
  2. palmisland

    palmisland Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,262
    Location:
    West Boca Raton 10b
    Cool, that's a Basilisk Lizard, sometimes called a "Jesus Lizard" due to their ability to almost walk on water ( they run across water on their hind legs ) & not native to Florida. There are tons of them in Loxahatchee & they won't harm your plants. They are from Central-South America.
     
  3. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

    Messages:
    7,952
    Location:
    Coral Gables, FL Zone 10b
    OK - I've heard of them. I used to see them at my buddy's nursery (Ricky Kern) in Loxahatchee. Never seen one up this close. At Ricky's place you would see them dashing away on their hind legs. He told me they were Jesus Christ lizards because they could do the water thing like you said.

    Randy - do you know how large they can get ?
     
  4. Native son

    Native son Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    878
    Location:
    10a
    We have them, they are meat eater's I think. Our largest is about 20 inches. Very serious hole diggers the sea wall is their favorite area. image.jpg
     
  5. fawnridge

    fawnridge Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,439
    Location:
    Western Boca Raton
    Shove a skewer through it and roast it over an open fire. I'll bet they're tasty.
     
    Kingdavid likes this.
  6. Moose

    Moose Esteemed Member

    Messages:
    7,952
    Location:
    Coral Gables, FL Zone 10b
    Herringbone.JPG

    Herringbone
     

Share This Page