Curly Tailed Lizard Leiocephalus carinatus
I found four eggs in my yard, so I carefully moved them (without turning them - that kills many eggs) into a bug box to see what came out. They turned out to be Curly Tailed Lizards.
Curly Tails, Leiocephalus carinatus, are not native to Florida. They seem to like it here though, because every year I see them in more places than the year before.

They're a much larger, heavier bodied lizard than our common Brown Anole lizards, and sometimes when I walk by and startle one, it startles me back with the sudden noise it makes scurrying off through a noisy dry leaf or two.

Curly Tail Lizard Hatching From Egg
Curly Tail Lizard, Leiocephalus carinatus
I put the ruler beside the newly hatched lizard to give some idea of how big they are when they hatch. I couldn't believe how large it was compared to the egg.

In this photograph, you can see the newly hatched lizard, as well as the closed eye and nose of the hatchling about to emerge from its egg.

In this photo, the baby Curly Tail Lizard is on the right, and a fairly large Brown Anole is on the left:
Curly Tail Lizard
Curly Tail Lizards obviously get their common name from the way they always hold their tail in a curl. I finally snuck up on one to get this picture of how they usually stand on a warm sunny sidewalk with their tail curling up into the air. Now I need to work on getting the shot from the sunny side instead of the shadow side.
Curly Tail Lizard
While other Florida lizards tend to be in the trees a lot, these Curly Tailed Lizards stick to the ground. I've never seen one climb. I have seen them burrow. In fact, there's a little hole under my porch that wasn't there before they moved into my area, and I strongly suspect that it was dug by the Curly Tail that lives in it now. I enjoy the thought of the little bug eater guarding the entrance to my home.
Curly Tail Lizard Hatchling
Curly Tail Lizard Hatchling and Egg
Curly Tail Lizard
Curly Tail Lizard standing on a sidewalk
Curly Tail Lizard Hatchling Beside Adult Brown Anole
Curly Tail Lizard
I only saw this next lizard briefly, but to my untrained eye it appears to be a curly tailed lizard, and it was undoubtedly climbing:
The lizard saw me before I saw it, which made it considerably more difficult to sneak up for a close-up, but I managed to get one before it scurried off to hide.
Curly Tail Lizard, Leiocephalus carinatus, climbing a tree
Curly Tail Lizard, Leiocephalus carinatus, climbing a tree
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