|Why you like lizards:||Anolis sagrei|
Which is worse, roaches or lizards?
If your answer is roaches, this Florida brown anole, Anolis sagrei, could become your new favorite invasive species.
Think about that spread for a moment. It's widely reported that they came in through the ports in the 1940's (as I browsed for that date, the best write-up I found on these anoles that included it was an article by Todd Campbell.) So, if Florida is roughly 400 miles long, there are 63,360 inches in a mile, and my quick at a glance estimate of the length of a typical anole is about 6 inches, these little critters walked 4,224,000 body lengths in less than an average human lifetime. See, sometimes it is fun to play with the numbers, even if the answer is somewhat meaningless...
I despise roaches! After watching this anole eat one, I like lizards more than ever - they're like little soldiers patrolling my yard to protect us from worse invaders.