With the unusually cold weather that rendered snow and ice in our area, I couldn’t help but wonder about the lizards that always hang around our house. What do lizards do in winter? How do they survive cold weather? A little research quickly produced answers to my questions:
“Green anoles hibernate in colder regions of their geographic range, which extends from the Carolinas, throughout Georgia and Florida, to Alabama and on to east Texas. They often hibernate in large groups and were probably congregating before it turned cold. Anoles spend winter under bark, inside rotten logs, or under boards of houses and barns. They can be seen on bright, sunny days in winter basking in the sun. As for feeding them, they will do fine with no help from us as they eat little or nothing in winter. When spring arrives, they will feed on small insects and spiders around the yard.”
(taken from the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory)
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Thanks, Belinda! Looks like we both found colorful lizards. 🙂
Hibernating in groups! Pretty cool. I used to love seeing these little guys when I visited my grandparents every spring on Sea Island. They’re delightful. I’m glad they’re all safely ensconced & hope you are, too! 🙂
It already warmed up again, Lynn. As you probably recall, our cold spells never linger. So these little lizards don’t have to huddle up to each other quite as tightly anymore. And I am delighting in the sunshine today, too! As always, thanks for commenting! 🙂
How wonderful to have such creatures in your sights–Spring does bring such joy.
Thanks, Sally! Can’t wait for it to get warmer and for all the little creatures to reappear from their winter shelters. Except for spiders and roaches or, as they call them here, Palmetto bugs. 🙂