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Identifying Lizards

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Various types of lizards are common in our yards and gardens. Identifying the one you have just found can be interesting and fun. This is a guide about identifying lizards.
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July 17, 2007

I found this little cutie in my garden last night when I was weeding. So small I almost tossed him. Anyone know what he is?

By Tracy from Battle Creek

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By germangirl (Guest Post)
July 17, 20070 found this helpful

it does look like a House Gecko but to make really sure take him to a petstore and let them take a look they uselly eat crickets
Hope that helps a bit

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July 17, 20070 found this helpful

Looks like a newt to me.

http://www.wild  /Ponds/NEWTS.htm

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July 17, 20070 found this helpful

Looks more like a salamander to me, kinda wet right? Salamanders like it in the garden, cool and moist.

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July 17, 20070 found this helpful

I have never seen such a small lizard before! I hope you find out what kind he is, and can keep him alive. God bless you!

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By az2010 (Guest Post)
July 17, 20070 found this helpful

I believe it is a salamander. They are found under rocks, etc.....they like it dark and moist.

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By Sue (Guest Post)
July 17, 20070 found this helpful

Just your average baby newt,,

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July 17, 20070 found this helpful

juvenile salamander?

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By Ellie (Guest Post)
July 17, 20070 found this helpful

Altho I'm in a different country (Australia) we have very similar little fellows here, and I would say ghecko.

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By Jennifer (Guest Post)
July 18, 20070 found this helpful

It is a baby Gecko. They turn brown when they are scared.

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By Rosemarie (Guest Post)
July 18, 20070 found this helpful

It's either a newt or salamander. I really don't know the difference between them but you can easily look it up knowing the name of them. One likes more moist areas (ferns, woods, etc); the other is warm & dry areas preferred.

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Here in Florida we had very fast geckos. Yep,like the insurance commercials if they are in your area of the country. There are the light green ones, very beautiful, that are native and the more common, not so laid back so that they are taking over, brown/grey ones. Different varieties of those also.

All are harmless and fun to play with. They feel very soft and delicate. Even if they do bite, it will not hurt, just the surprize of it gets you. So have fun and then let them go unharmed by your interaction.

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By EMara (Guest Post)
July 18, 20070 found this helpful

I have lots of those at my house in TX.
They should be left in the wild as they eat bugs and are very helpful in the garden.

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By Sharon in Costa Rica (Guest Post)
July 19, 20070 found this helpful

It is definitely a gecko...a little tropical lizard with suction pads on its feet. They are helpful in the house...very busy keeping it clean of bugs...and they are cute too...just found two tiny little gecko eggs in my bathroom and look forward to the new arrivals.

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By donna (Guest Post)
July 20, 20070 found this helpful

It's a Mediterranean Gecko. They are harmless, nocturnal, eat bugs and are not native to this country. They've been plentiful here in Mobile, AL for a number of years. They love to come inside, so my husband relocates them back outside many times each summer.

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By Cathy in Townsville, QLD (Guest Post)
October 1, 20070 found this helpful

From the shape of it's head, it's definitely a gecko. No idea what a salamander or newt is, we don't get them in Australia. Does it chirrup? They are harmless, but poo everywhere, so are best kept outside to eat the insects. Good for cockroaches too!

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By Vince (Guest Post)
May 21, 20080 found this helpful

I think it is a poison gecko I will kill her before she kills me.

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By 0 found this helpful
August 13, 2008

This lizard lives in our backyard garden. Can anyone ID him for me? Thanks for your time and efforts.

Kazzu from Monte Rio, CA

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August 14, 20080 found this helpful

Since the western fence lizard is the most common in California and that is where we live, that is probably what it is. They vary in color. One has a blue belly. One of my sons always caught them and examined them and let them go.

http://en.wikip  ern_fence_lizard

http://images.g  m=1&ct=title

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By 0 found this helpful
September 1, 2009

Can anyone tell me what sort of lizard this is? We found him on our wall in a hotel in Ko Phan Nag, Thailand. He was cute but a little bit scary! Thanks.

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By Kate from New Zealand

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June 1, 20110 found this helpful

I live in the panhandle of Texas and am wondering what type of lizard this is. He has lived under my porch for over 3 years :)

By Randi M

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