It's nice to see my friends are back!

plantomaniac08(8)March 19, 2013

Each year for the last three years I've discovered Anoles outside on our patio, usually in my plants... The first year I discovered mounds of black stuff in my Hostas only to figure out after I dug it out by hand, that it was Anole poop! I've taken a couple indoors with me by mistake when bringing my Hoyas inside for the night.

It's always nice to see them return each year, I enjoy the company when I'm outside watering. I also find it funny to watch their behavior; one year after watering, one hopped up on one of my plants that I just watered and proceeded to lick the leaves; perhaps a silly thing to find interesting but I guess I'm a big animal person as well as a plant person.

Last week I noticed one hanging around my Hoyas (just put them outside, thank goodness for the warmer weather), seems I'll have to call him Mr. Brown, I have yet to see him turn green. Maybe he was green for St. Patrick'S Day and I missed it!

So he's not quite in my plants yet, but he'll be in my Hoyas before I know it!


This post was edited by plantomaniac08 on Tue, Mar 19, 13 at 12:02

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mrsgalihad(5 CO)

I'd be excited too. Those guys are so cute.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 1:01PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Yes! They are one of my favorite "wild pets!" Had one in the house this winter. I put up some pics of them a while back in this dicsussion too. I keep water dishes outside in various places for them. Do you have skinks too?

Found this toad IN a pot while repotting last summer. Hard to say which of us was more surprised!

    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 2:57PM
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I think I missed those posts! I've tried keeping water dishes out for them but I've never seen them drink from any of them (guess I can't say they don't drink from them at all though.... maybe I'll put some out for them this year). Hubby says we have skinks (he's seen them at his Mother's before, but not any where we are), but I've never seen one myself. I had a potted Lantana a few years ago when I still lived with my Mother. I couldn't figure out why the soil kept coming out of the pot until one day I pushed on this "hump" in the soil and it moved! Needless to say I left the toad alone aftert that.


    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 6:54PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

I've seen anoles using the water dishes and often if it's been dry for weeks they will come running when I'm watering the plants. Just have to remember to change the water if you see wigglers in the dish. Some of them get kind of used to me, some are always skittish. They're so daggone cute!

The skinks are hard to find, when I get sick of the grass trying to grow up the porch foundation walls and pull chunks of it out, I see them sometimes down in/under there. When I walk by areas mulched with leaves I catch one diving for cover sometimes out of the corner of my eye. They're very shy I guess.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2013 at 9:02PM
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wolfpup64(8a TX)

I love them...they're so funny. The other day one seemed to fall from the sky - I guess from a tree or the porch roof, then I watched it hop up onto my loquats, then to the peppers, up a wooden stake and into a hanging basket.

They're always watching me when I garden!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 2:31AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Awesome pic!!!!!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 9:29AM
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pirate_girl(Zone7 NYC)

Yes, really a terrific shot!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 1:42PM
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wolfpup64(8a TX)

Thanks!! They certainly are photogenic. :)

    Bookmark   March 20, 2013 at 2:07PM
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