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The one pet that we have that I really have a hard time relating to is our green anole. She's a lizard that is about 8 inches long from the tip of her nose to the tip of her tail. She is very fast and can jump like you wouldn't beleive! Like most reptiles, she has no facial expressions and her eyes have an alien gleam to them that I just can't decipher.

Even though she is called a "green anole," she isn't always green. Her colors shift from a sandy-brown to a dark brown to a light green to a deep, dark green color and all points in between. They are called a "false chameleon" because of their ability to rapidly shift colors. The colors change occurs to help them blend in with their surroundings. They also use the color shifts to show their emotions, but I haven't handled her enough to know what each color means. I plan on trying to figure it out, but so far I have not gotten very far with it.

We originally started out with four of the lizards, but two were killed off by the other lizards and our cat managed to get his grubby little paws on one of them. Apparantly we had a bad combination of sexes in the cage and the dominant female killed off the others. Yes, the lizards are matriarchal in their society which is one thing that makes them very neat. We made a conscious decision to not name the lizards since it was hard to tell them apart. Now that we only have one, I suppose that we should give her a name, but so far we haven't put any effort into it.

I have pictures of most of the rest of the pets, but not the lizard. I tried to take a few pictures, but she moves so fast that I just ended up with green and brown blurs on the film. Once I get better at taking pictures or better at holding down lizards, I'll give it another try.