Non-invasive lizard species in Florida – The southern fence lizard

Non-invasive lizard species in Florida - The southern fence lizard

Today we're going to do something a little bit different. We're not going to be talking about the control of any specific pest. We are, however, going to be talking about how the activity of the animals and insects of Florida never truly ceases during the winter months. The subject below is a female southern fence lizard that we came across on a sunny, yet cool day in late January, 2015.

southern fence lizardAs you know reptiles are cold blooded. In states north of Florida reptiles go down for a long hibernation period during the cold winter months. The reptiles (and insects) in Florida do not. I must say that even I was surprised to see a southern fence lizard running around on such a cool day, and I'd also like to point out that we do not offer control of any non-invasive lizard species. We do offer lizard and snake removal as was the case with this invasive spices called the Tokay gecko.

Tokay geckoAs I mentioned earlier the southern fence lizard is non-invasive, meaning that it is a native species of Florida. Such creatures play an important role in our ecosystem and there would be no need to kill it. In the case of the southern fence lizard they consume a large amount of insects over their lifetime. They are not the most common lizard that we come across on a daily basis, that title would go to the brown anole which IS an invasive species.

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The brown anole is an invasive species of lizard.

 

southern fence lizard
The southern fence lizard is NOT a pest control issue

So, the point being, if a coldblooded reptile is still running around in Florida you can bet insects and other pests are too! As for those who have recently moved to Florida will find out. It's nothing to have a ghost ant invasion this time of year, or a full-blown German cockroach infestion. That's why Meryl's Termite and Pest Control is available the whole year around.

Give us a call TODAY and let us give you the protection against such nuisances as insects, arachnids, and rodents.