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Lizards
 1. red-head agama
 2. brown basilisk
 3. short-horned horned lizard
 4. tropical house gecko
 5. butterfly lizard
 6. Puerto Rican giant ameiva (Ameiva exsul)
 7. six-lined racerunner
 8. western fence lizard
racerunner
six-lined racerunner (Cnemidophorus sexlineatus sexlineatus), Archbold Biological Station, Venus, FL, 2008.

For a reason that I cannot fully explain, whiptails are my least favorite group of lizards. I grew up with them in Arizona where they are one of the most common types of lizards, but I just do not like them. However, I am glad to have a picture of one on my website.
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Red-headed agama (Agama agama), Fairchild Gardens, 2008.  This series of photos above are of the 2 males seen at Fairchild. There is a small colony of the agamas that live in the Madagascar plants collection of Fairchild Gardens.  This is a place full of rocks that make hospitable living conditions for agamas.
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red-headed agama male keeping sentinel on top of the rocky outcropping.
whiptail
Puerto Rican giant ameiva female (Ameiva exsul), Jobos National Estuary, Puerto Rico, 2007.
brown basklisk
basilisk
Brown basilisk (Basiliscus vittatus), Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, Miami, FL, USA.
short-horned horned lizard (Phrynosoma douglasii) Cortez, CO, USA.



red headed agama
agama agama
Red-headed agama (Agama agama africana), Fairchild Botanical Garden, Miami, FL, USA.  The subspecies that was introduced in all establish populations in Florida was from Togo and Ghana. The subspecies is characterized by an orange head, blue to black body and a tricolored tail.
 
This adult (in the process of shedding) remained on top of the rocks in Madagascar plant exhibit with his mouth slightly open, body erect. I guess that this is a defensive display behavior because I was close to him.  He was watching me the whole time and did not interact with any other lizards while I was there, except the lizard in the top right.  He attacked this juvenile to get it to leave.  
    
butterfly agama
Butterfly lizard (Leiolepis belliana), South Miami, FL, USA.  This individual was by its burrow in a lawn on the corner of SW 102 Ave and SW 70th Street. Though they have been reported in a several block radius of this individual's location, I only saw 2 lizards in this yard.  Fortunately they do not seem to spread from this point of original introduction.

They are very wary and quickly retreat to their burrow.  I took this photo from my car.  As soon as I opened the car door and put my feet on the ground, it immediately fled underground.
western fence lizard
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western fence lizard, Sant Barbara, CA, 2008.
red-headed agama
red-headed agama
red-headed agama, Fairchild Botanical Garden, 2009.
I wonder if Fairchild put these lizards here, even though they may have come in from other parts of Miami where they are found. However, I think that it is more likely that they were put there intentionally.
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Juvenile red-headed agamas (Agama agama), Fairchild Gardens, 2008.
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Female red-headed agamas (Agama agama), Fairchild Gardens, 2008. Several females were found at Fairchild Gardens in the Madagascar are plants collection. It appears that the males are both territorial and keep harems because only two adult males were seen but several adult females were seen.
brown basklisk
brown basklisk
basilisk
basilisk close up
Brown basilisk (Basiliscus vittatus), Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, Miami, FL, USA. All four pictures are males except 2nd picture.
short horned horned lizard
short-horned horned lizard (Phrynosoma douglasii) Cortez, CO, USA.

baby agama
juvenile red-headed agama (Agama agama), Fairchild Garden, Miami, FL, USA

gecko
Tropical house gecko (Hemidactylus mabouia), Fairchild Botanical Garden, Miami, FL, USA, 2007.

brown basilisk
Brown basilisk female (Basiliscus  vittatus), Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, Miami, FL, USA.



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