Curlytail Invader

Dr. Jon Moore spoke about the curly tailed lizard in his talk for the 2015 volunteer class, and here is Bob Montanaro’s blog post about a population in Cocoa Beach …

Range Tracking

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The Northern Curlytail Lizard (Leiocephalus carinatus armouri) is an invasive species in Florida introduced as a way to control pests in sugar cane fields in the 1940s. Now this resident of the Caribbean has made itself at home along Florida’s East Coast running from Brevard County southward with varying degrees of success. From personal experience, Martin County southward has tremendous hordes of them in localized areas. This lone individual was found near the Cocoa Beach Public Library during the past week where it was happily eating insects in the surrounding grass. The expanding range of these lizards is thought in large part to be due to them catching rides in cars and trucks, especially lawn care vehicles.
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The Curlytail Lizard can grow quite large, up to 11 to 12 inches long, giving it an advantage over the smaller Anoles, which the Curlytail Lizard has been known to feed…

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