I was about to enter Dollar General on Sunday when I realized I had a stowaway on my cart. This is a female anole.
I still have trouble telling brown and green anoles apart (for one thing, green anoles can turn brown, though the reverse is not the case). But the slender build makes me think this might be a green anole (Anolis carolinensis, Family Polychrotidae), the only anole native to the United States. Unfortunately, green anoles are losing habitat to the brown anole (Anolis sagrei).
Our photo shoot lasted for several minutes, during which time I explained to a few inquisitive boys why I had scooched down on the walkway. The anole eventually decided she could do without the attention and leapt onto another cart.
Vol. 2, Deviations: Appetite
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