Florida's Nonnative Wildlife. Species detail.
First year: 1970s
Established status: Species are
present but not confirmed to be breeding. Population persists only
with repeated introductions and/or escapes of individuals.
Estimated Florida range: 1
county At least 10 years
Statewide trend: Unknown
Threats to natives: Unknown, but
may prey upon smaller vertebrates, such as other lizards.
Species Account: This southern
African species is commonly seen at its small introduction site in
Manatee County, where it has persisted since the 1970s. Most
Florida specimens of this robust species only reach 14 cm (5.5)
inches long. The back is a tan to light brown color with transverse
dark bars and scattered white tubercles, but the coloration
lightens at night, when they are active. They are most frequently
observed hanging head down on the outer walls of buildings near the
eaves, but they sometimes can be seen on power poles and trees.
They make squeaking-clicks when captured, fighting, or advertising
their presence (Bartlett and Bartlett 1999).
Habitats: Low density suburban
development, areas peripheral to core urban areas, and small
|At least 10 years
||(Bartlett and Bartlett 1999)
Bartlett, R. D., and P. P. Bartlett. 1999. A field
guide to Florida reptiles and amphibians. Gulf Publishing Company,
Houston, Texas. 278pp.