Lizard, Abbreviated

Northern Italian Wall Lizard.
Lost its tail. The replacement growth is never as long as the original.

Podarcis siculus ssp. campestris got to America via the pet trade. They have expanded out from several areas, including on Long Island.Note that this article says there’s no evidence of birds eating these lizards. But in fact, there is. I’ve seen a photograph of an American Kestrel taking one to the nest in Manhattan. AND I’ve seen it personally, right here with the local #BrooklynKestrels..

1 Response to “Lizard, Abbreviated”


  1. 1 Ginger Klein July 11, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    I lived in Israel way back in the last century. My first night there was a lizard in my room. Being a baby long island girl I freaked out and a very kind neighbor came in and chased the offending reptile with a broom. Naturally the lizard lost his tail in the fray. I felt horrible. At first. The lizard and I were roommates for the next year and I had the pleasure of watching his tail grow back.


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