horrors of south florida

Here’s a video I shot in my house– it’s a lizard eating a small gecko. Look carefully at the lizard at the end: you can see the gecko squirming around inside his belly! Ah, the horrors of sustenance…

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8 Responses to “horrors of south florida”

  1. James Says:

    this video’s awesome – what a find. i had no idea this even happened.

  2. Sam Says:

    I love this footage. It is really neat to see an exotic like the gecko get cannibalized by one of our natives. If only more invasives were vanquished in such a way….

  3. Chris Says:

    Actually, I think the lizard having a snack here is a brown anole, which is an invasive itself… it’s caused problems by overtaking and eating up a lot of the native green anole population in Florida.

  4. Sam Says:

    The first time through I assumed it to be a southern fence or florida scrub. Looked kinda bulbous to be a brown anole. Just watched it again and I respectfully defer to you. Exotics nibbling on exotics..not nearly as reassuring. But then perhaps I am mistaken in looking to herpetology for such reassurances. Anyway, good clip :)

  5. James Says:

    I didn’t even know there was a differentiation between the brown and green – the brown anoles made ‘intruder of the month’ at this site.
    Seeing the pictures of green anoles there, seems to me that the brown ones have done quite a job taking over. I see more of these whenever I visit and am pretty sure I saw them more often than the green even while growing up.
    Now where’s the gecko from? Doesn’t look like this joker.

  6. Chris Says:

    This was actually filmed in the house I live in, which has a lot of nice cedar, and lizards at every window (and there are lots of windows!). I’m not certain it’s a brown anole, especially because it seems that both green and brown anoles can change colors from green to brown. I kind of assume that I see mostly brown ones, though, based on their behavior and what I read about them taking over.
    That’s a cool “intruder of the month” site, James! Even if it is an invasive, I have to say that I love all the lizards around me. They crack me consistently up. And they eat lots of insects. I once found one near my kitchen sink trying to eat a big cockroach. By the time I ran to get my camera, it looked like the roach had escaped…
    Not sure what kind of gecko that is… my basic web research tells me that there’s only one gecko native to Florida, but I can’t figure out what kind our local ones are based on web pics.

  7. Sam Says:

    Here in Sarasota we are certainly favored with a profusion of cold-blooded potential houseguests. It sounds as if you are blessed with some rather pleasant company. If it weren’t for our cat and dog, I’d certainly welcome the reptiles in myself. While on my way in to work this morning, I heard someone on NPR say that over 40% of our reptiles in FL are exotics. It’s kinda depressing, but that doesn’t make them any less nifty. What other creatures with backbones display incredible behavior like autoamputation and self-cannibalism? Truly…..too few.. :)

    As far as the lizard that is being snacked upon, I’d wager it falls within the family of House Geckos. The Reef Gecko is our only native gecko and I don’t think it ventures far north of Miami.

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  8. Chris Says:

    Hey Sam– so you are a Sarasotan as well? small world!

    I might put forth a wager about the gecko’s identity, but experience has taught me not to bet on anything that doesn’t grow hair.

    I think Florida could be a textbook example of how invasive species can fuck everything up. From what I understand, the Everglades are being devoured by all kinds of invasive plants, as well as snakes (I think pythons, or whichever kind ate an alligator this past year and then was ripped apart from the inside by it).

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