Kaimuki Anoles.

Penelope.JPG No, it’s not an attempt to rename a local high school football team something more location appropriate. I mean the lizards in my yard.

I grew up in Kuliouou chasing bright green “chameleons” that turned brown once you caught them. They had long, wedge-shaped heads & little razor teeth. They grew to around 8 inches max, & they would cockily bob their heads at you & flare their red little chin thingies (“dewlaps”) before disappearing into the bushes.

So I move into Kaimuki, & when I’m weeding the yard (that is correct. I weed my yard. It is therapeutic.) I can feel reptilian eyes on me, watching for the little dirt roaches that I disturb with my weeder. They will actually sit within arm’s reach & wait patiently for lunch. If I pick up a bug & toss it, they will catch it.
But they aren’t the same little green lizards of my youth. Apparently there are green anoles & there are brown anoles.

I Googled a bunch of sites, & there seems to be some consensus that brown anoles are encroaching upon the green anole population, at least in Florida. I’ve only seen one pure green anole in the yard since I moved here last June. There was also a green striped anole who hung out, persistently, on various metal components of a special “catbox cage” my ex-boyfriend & I were building. I referred to him as “Eddie.”
I miss the green “chameleons.” While I’m impressed with the various markings & colorations these friendly brown guys sport, I worry about the future of the lizards of my youth. Where have they gone? I’m going to have to ask my grandma in Kuliouou about this.

6 Comments so far

  1. Eric (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2005 @ 9:17 am

    Those brown anoles are up in Kalihi, as well. I saw one while hiking a few months ago.

  2. Rick (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 1:18 pm

    i remember spending whole summers trying to catch the biggest “king” chameleons in Kaneohe while visiting my grandmother. Living on the mainland, it was something I really looked forward to.

  3. Eric (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 1:47 pm

    Speaking of lizards, I also have seen green (yes, green) geckoes in my yard. Now that’s weird.

  4. Lauren (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 2:03 pm

    I’ve caught gold dust geckos in Waimanalo & on the Pali; they are so gorgeous.

  5. Rick (unregistered) on August 4th, 2005 @ 2:54 pm

    geckos just freak me out..especially when you wake up with one on the wall in front of your face

  6. Carey (unregistered) on August 6th, 2005 @ 2:31 pm

    ack, geckos freak me out, too. the ones on kauai are in the house, see-through, and crapped all over the place. oh and they fall on u from the ceiling, too. not fun!

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