Thursday, February 14, 2008

Undeniable attraction

We started seeing this unlikely pair about two months ago. The slim green Anole lizards always snuggle up to our bathroom window, and sandwich themselves between the glass and the screen on cold nights. I have been known to stick a heating pad (one of those pain patch disposables) on the window in sympathy. The Texas Spiney Lizard was a newcomer, tho.


Yesterday, they spotted each other. I got worried, because I didn't know if they would fight each other for territory. An anole fighting another anole is a funny thing-the males puff up and show little pink "gills". Often times, the winner will end up with the loser's head in his mouth. The loser's legs flail, and his body writhes. I never stick around to see what happens next.


These two decided to make formal introduction yesterday. I ran to get the camera.



Would it be lizard carnage? Would I have to go outside and fix the screen? Would one of them stuff the other's head in his mouth? See how the light changes in the background? There was a long, deliberate sizing up. They considered slowly, and moved very quickly. Heads tilted. And then it happened!!! The anole turned its back on the other lizard and.................


I think she was flirting with him. Who'da thunk? Happy Valentines Day!

6 comments:

Les said...

are those lizards at your place?
Les

junior_goddess said...

Yes, Les, that's my bathroom window.

Joan said...

Eeeeeew!!!!!! One more reason why I will NEVER live in TX, despite continual nagging by family members there. Give me the frozen tundra of the north where our reptiles and related creepy-crawlies are very limited. (shudder)

Cindy G said...

Cool!

Trish - My Merino Mantra said...

You forgot to post the last and most important picture of all! Or, should I just use my imagination?

smariek said...

Cute. I know, not really the word to use for lizards, but I think I'd take lizards over the bug life at my new house. (I think I've seen more, in quantity & variety, at the new house than I did during several decades combined at the old house)

Those lizards don't bite people, do they?