– Excerpt from William Bartram’s Travels, Part II, Chapter X
“THERE are several species of the lizard kind besides the alligator, which is by naturalist allowed to be a species of that genus. THE green lizard or little green chameleon is a pretty innocent creature; the largest I have seen were not more than seven inches in length; they appear commonly of a fine green colour, having a large red gill under their throat; they have the faculty of changing colour, which, notwithstanding the specious reasoning of physiologists, is a very surprising phenomenon.”
William Bartram was a botantist, artist, and nature writer that explored the southeastern United States around the time of the American Revolution (1773-1776). He was a scientist, creationist and Christian that gave glory to the Author for all the wonderful works he observed and documented in his book, Travels Through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida.
iNaturalist observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/52504513
William, when I was researching lizards for a poem I was writing, I read that the brown anoles, an invasive species, had caused the green anoles to change their behavior and move up into the trees. The green anoles’ numbers were greatly reduced. All we see in SW FL is the ubiquitous brown lizards. I am glad to know green anoles still live in the Okefenokee Swamp. Thank you for the photo.
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