Southern Toad (Bufo terrestris)

A large toad reaching over four inches in length.  It has cranial crests running down it’s head and is brown, reddish, or black.  Males have a dark throat and chirp when picked up or in water.  females are usually silent, but they occasionally make a faint peeping sound.

 

Greenhouse Frog (Eleutherodactylus planirostris)

This tiny, agile frog hatched directly from an egg. The tadpole develops inside the  egg, and the frog hatches with a tiny tail that is soon gone.  It is brown to reddish-brown, it’s eyes are red to scarlet, and it’s belly is white.  It likes greenhouses and other moist places where it can borrow.

 

Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

A lizard that is usually green, but in seconds can change brown or any color in-between.  Unlike the brown anole, male green anoles do not have a crest on their backs and have a pink dewlap.  Female’s dewlaps are smaller.  April to September, single eggs are laid every fourteen days in leaf litter, rock piles, and other moist debris.

 

Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)

This lizard can change it’s color from brown to black and it is one of the most abundant lizards in Florida, although it is native to Cuba and the Bahamas.  They came to Florida mostly from escaped pets and from stowaways on planes and ships.  It’s dewlap is reddish-orange and mature males have a crest along their back.  Single eggs are laid June to September.

 

Six Lined Racerunner (Aspidoscelis sexlineata)

Being called  ” the fastest ground lizard in the forest,”  these lizards are super speedy and are extremely hard to catch on hot days when they are most active.  Hatchlings and juveniles have a bright blue tail that gradually turns grey-brown as they get older.  They feed on insects such as crickets, grasshoppers, pill bugs(rollie pollies) and beetle larvae.  They ovoid flying food.  Every mating season, up to six eggs are laid, and hatch six to eight weeks later.  A second clutch may be laid several weeks later.

 

 

 

 

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