My girlfriend Taryn got a kick out of the “chameleon” story I told her when she was here for the holidays: while staring into the water around my lilies, I saw something white & found it to be a little green striped anole, completely submerged under the water but holding on for dear life to a stem, eyes shut tight & pale from the cold. Based on territories & because it looks like him, I would guess it was “Eddie,” pictured at the bottom of my old anoles blog.
I had dipped my hand in the water to lift Eddie out, who immediately had a deathgrip on my hand, & remained firmly attached for a good 15 minutes, looking at me sideways, before he finally let go & went back to his aloe plant. At the time my camera was inside the house & I didn’t get any pictures.
I see Eddie almost daily, in his spot, & he seems fairly at ease with me. Well, he should; I saved his ass! But one day, while I was… staring into my brine shrimp bucket, Eddie came charging out, flaring the fin & sticking his tongue out. I was a bit offended until I realized that just a few inches away was another slightly bigger green anole, who was trespassing on Eddie’s turf. I shooed the bigger guy away & Eddie gave me an affronted “I could have handled that myself” look.
The next day, on my way out to meet my mother, I paused to… yes, stare into the lilies & who should I see clinging to the side of the bucket but our trespasser. He looked at me like, “Well?” so I lifted him out of the water as well. And, like his predecessor, he clung to my hand with some determination for several minutes until he warmed up enough to get off. I had to call my mom to let her know I was running late because I had a lizard stuck to my hand. After I got off the phone, I fished my camera out of my bag. And yes, I know the photo focuses on the background & not the lizard, but… too bad.
He was unhappy about the camera; he hissed & grimaced at it every time it clicked. He had no idea I was going to make him famous. I let him off in a different part of the yard. That’s right, leave Eddie alone.