Recently, our grand son came running and screaming into the house. “There is a giant lizard on the porch,” he hyperventilates. “Yeah right,” I think. We have small, brownish anoles everywhere around here. But, out to the porch we go. The monster that was peacefully sunning itself on the porch turns out to be a beautiful, dark eyed, green with yellow head and shoulder patches, twelve inch lizard that by now is trying to blend in with the white bird of paradise it has scampered on to.
Well, I have seen my share of skinks, geckos, and the large green iguana, but this beauty is new to me. I have no idea where it came from or if it is an escaped or released pet. Has it taken up residence in our rather overgrown, jungle-like yard or was it just passing through? We have only seen it the one time.
If you can identify this colorful reptile, please leave a comment below. It would be much appreciated.