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Lovable Little Garden Lizards

Fine Art Photography Book Featuring Green and Brown Anoles

The Lovable Little Garden Lizards Photo Book Cover
The Lovable Little Garden Lizards Photo Book Cover

Lovable Little Garden Lizards Fine Art Photography Book Featuring Green and Brown Anoles

Here is the inspiration for Garden Lizards Photo Book. Hours of research went into writing about anoles. In other words, this experience fit my lifestyle as a “wannabe naturalist,” the label I have enthusiastically given to myself. However, as I got to know the little lizards in my backyard, I started making amateur observations and loving it.

They regularly fooled me, to their great delight I’m sure, by changing color or altering their body shape ever so slightly to confuse me. Similarly, I would be convinced that a certain lizard lived in a specific spot against the back fence, just to find him or her darting around in a bush on the opposite side of the yard. However, some of them had distinguishing marks on their skin—patterns or battle scars or a broken-off tail—until they healed up, changed appearances and confused me.

Green and Brown Anole Lizards Book

In addition, this book is a story of my encounters with these lovable little garden lizards, not a scientific paper or philosophical dissertation. It is a record of several years of following, studying, and photographing these lizards. However, there is a good deal of information along with the photographs in this book, because the goal is to shed light on these illusive and somewhat fearless little creatures.

Anole Lizard FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Brown anole species with red and orange dewlap with a yellow border
Do male and female anoles have dewlaps?
Green anole with blue eyeliner
Green anole with blue eyeliner
Green anole displaying
Green anole displaying his colorful dewlap

As an invasive species myself—I came to the United States from South Africa in 1992—I’m not writing this book to villainize the brown anole. I moved to Louisiana because I wanted to; the brown anole didn’t have a choice, probably coming here to a plant nursery in a plant from Florida, having arrived in Florida years earlier on a boat from Cuba.

The brown anole was forced to adapt to the journey and new surroundings after having lived happily on its native Caribbean island. I love brown and green anoles equally. However, brown anoles are now invading many parts of the country and the green anole populations are in decline. Above all, browns reproduce rapidly, hunt fiercely, and as history shows, adapt quickly. Therefore they are forcing the green anoles to move on. Similarly, the greens, too, are adapting to higher elevations and colder climates. In conclusion, they gravitate to areas with more trees and shrubs for camouflage, seeking more leafy protection and a good food source.

One of the problems that both species face is that humans prefer vast grass lawns maintained by lawnmowers and weed whackers. We remove trees and shrubs, and replace them with manicured turf grass, and then surround everything with cement or asphalt. Above all, this creates a bad situation for anoles. Removal of natural habitat is not only bad for anoles, but also for us humans. In conclusion, as written in Florence Williams’ book, The Nature Fix: “Nature makes us happier, healthier and more creative.

Garden Lizards Book

“Green anoles are not going extinct—they are not even endangered,” says Eugene L. Brill, photographer, author and wannabe naturalist. “However, the bad news is, the brown anole populations are expanding rapidly, and the perception is that the greens are declining.”

Eugene L. Brill aka The Wannabe Naturalist™

In addition, the foreword is written by Robert A. Thomas, Ph.D., Professor and Director at Loyola University in New Orleans, LA. Distinguished Scholar Chair in the Environmental Communication Center for the Environmental Communication School of Communication, Design and Environmental Program Faculty.

“Budding naturalist Eugene Brill has a passion for natural history and the development of novel ways to interest the lay public. He is well aware of the scientific literature that is widely available, but he recognizes the value of identifying flora and fauna that interest natural history novices or just citizens who are intrigued or fascinated by living things in their neighborhoods,” Thomas says.

Robert A. Thomas, Ph.D.

Furthermore, Brill shares that he hopes his passion for photography, the environment, nature and wildlife are evident throughout his books.

“Feeding my curiosity for natural history and my interest in photography, I further developed my love of the natural world that has since become the primary focus of my life. My goal is to use photography to bring nature and history to life,” Brill says.

Eugene L. Brill aka The Wannabe Naturalist™

In conclusion, “Lovable Little Garden Lizards” is a softcover book with flexible, high-gloss laminated cover and the 2022 Garden Lizard calendar is available for purchase. IN addition, in his previous coffee table book, “Summer of 2020: Walks at Lafreniere Park,” Brill shares the history and photography of this natural oasis in New Orleans, LA which includes a staggering number of bird species. Finally, both books are available at: Nature Books

Thank you for following me on this journey through the wonderful life of the Lovable Little Garden Lizards.

Watch this video of a green anole eating a dragonfly 

About the author Eugene L Brill

Eugene L. Brill is the publisher of The Wannabe Naturalist magazine. The Wannabe Naturalist, explores the relationship between nature, photography, the environment, story-telling, and life. Subscribe to receive your FREE copy here.

In addition, several photography collections, including framed prints on canvas, metal, wood and acrylic are available for purchase.For instance, 12-month calendars featuring several photography sets from around the world, can be found at Eugene L Brill Fine Art Photography.

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The Garden Lizards Photo Book also available from:

“Lovable Little Garden Lizards” on Amazon: Softcover with flexible, high-gloss laminated cover — ISBN: 978- 1006293016
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2023 Anole Calendar NOW available!

Garden Lizards Photo Book Contents

  • Foreword by Dr. Bob
  • Introduction to Anoles
  • Classification
  • History and Habitat
  • Extraordinary Features: Anoles Skin and Scales
  • Extraordinary Features: Anole Tongues, Teeth and Hearing
  • Extraordinary Features: Anole Third Eye, Acrobatics and Regenerate New Tails
  • Extraordinary Features: Anole Lizard Bright Colors
  • Anole Lizard Courtship and Mating
  • Anole Lizard Reproduction and Laying Eggs
  • Anole Lizards: Eat and Be Eaten!
  • What Does Anole Lizards Eat?
  • What Enemies Anole Lizards Have To Look Out For?
  • How Do Anole Lizards Sleep?
  • Anole Lizard Book Overview and PDF
  • Bibliography

Anole Lizard Frequently Asked Questions

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