Monday, February 21, 2011

More Lizards from Puerto Rico

Juvenile, Rincon
Where I grew up in Northeastern Ohio, there weren't many lizards.  The county to our east had a few populations of five-lined skinks, but I never saw a wild lizard in Ohio until a visit to a State Nature Preserve in Southwestern Ohio.  But in Puerto Rico, lizards abound.  The familiar green "chameleon" of my youth, actually the green anole native to the southeast United States, has several relatives that live in Puerto Rico.  In fact, no fewer than 13 Anolis species have been described from this unincorporated territory of the United States.  Here are a few Anolis species that I encountered during out trip one year ago.

Adult female? -  Guanica State Forest


Adult Male?  Guanica State Forest

Puerto Rico was fabulous- We'd be there again if we weren't expecting another baby- March 6th is the due date, and Megan's TOTALLY ready!


1 comment:

  1. Hi Mr. Arbour,
    I am currently working on a population survey and gene flow study on five-lined skinks in Ohio for my master's thesis. While researching I came across your site. I was wondering if you remembered the exact location you found the species in ohio? Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated. My Email is