As a kid it seemed like we always had some sort of pet running around our home.
As I remember each of the pets we took care of they all spark memories that will be with me forever.
Blackie was the German Shepherd who scared me like crazy. I was a toddler at the time so hopefully that is understandable.
Smoky was a cat that did not stay with us very long. (my mother did not like cats much)
Star, our second German Shepherd, was a loyal companion. So loyal that no one could come on our yard without a confrontation from our living security system.
Lady was my brother Jeff’s dog. That dog was smart and easy to live with.
Jessie was a ball of white fur with bad breath and an anoying bark.
After I moved out on my own I got married to my wife who is a cat lover. Leo and Scraps are our latest feline duo and are very much a part of my family.
Yet none of these family pets could compare to my favorite pet of all time.
It was about 10 years ago that I received as a Father’s Day gift from my kids; a Green Anole that I called Reggie.
Reggie has since passed away but he was so much fun to have. When my kids purchased him from the local pet store they also got a great little habitat for him. “Easy to take care of” was an understatement. Mist Reggie every day and feed him a few live crickets every week and he was happy little lizard.
He never did learn to come to come to his name but I guess that is what you get when your pet is a reptile.
When Jeff and I were in Florida, we ran into a wild Green Anole that looked just like Reggie. Here is a video of our Anole Adventure.
Reggie was a great pet and I recomend that everyone gets an Anole. Our list today are facts about the Green Anole.
1. Also called American chameleons, Green Anole’s are not true chameleons. They can however do a color change from green to brown, especially when stressed.
2. Life span for the Green Anole is around 4 years. That is just about right for Reggie.
3. Adult length of a Green Anole is around 8 inches (including tail).
4. Males are larger than females and have a large dewlap (flap of skin) on the throat that is used in behavioral displays. Reggie was a female.
5. The Green Anole can be very stressed by handling, and can drop their tails if grabbed by the tail. I tried to not handle Reggie very often.
6. Green Anoles are insectivores and can pack back the live insects. Reggie preferred crickets but would occasionally hunt live flies I would put in his habitat.
7. The correct name for a Green Anole: Anolis carolinensis.