Worm Bin Guardians

Larry Duke recently sent me great pics of a lizard that hangs out in his big worm bed (Larry lives in Florida), helping to keep the critter population down. Very cool! Thanks for sharing, Larry!

Here is one of the “Badboys” that patrol my bin! This is the smaller one. I’m not sure if the smaller ones are the males or females. I guess I have some homework. But these are what we grow up calling Chameleons where I come from. It is actually I think what they call a green anole. They turn brown for various reasons including temperature.
This is one like I had stated earlier, had jumped on my face. I wish i would have put my camera on video. This one ate a roach and a fly within three minutes apart.
This picture I call sitting down on the job. Hey, my worm bin security guards do get a lunch break!

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    • Paulo Silva
    • October 25, 2010

    Hi, here in Portugal we have these http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podarcis_hispanica , I enjoy seeing them eating flies and spiders on my worm bins, one interesting feature is that they drop their tail when in danger, for example if a bird chase them they leave their tail behind wiggling just like worms do, birds go for the tail while they escape, the tail also regrows in a couple of weeks 🙂

    • Barb V.
    • October 25, 2010

    RWC always finds a topic that piques my interest/curiosity or answers a question. My yard is full of lizards .. skinks? Including running over my in-ground worm pit. I wondered if they ate worms … happy to discover that they eat predators to my worm herd.

  1. and I thought I was cool by putting a ladybug in my bin!

    • Larry D.
    • October 25, 2010

    I’m going to try and video it tomorrow.I had three today.This same one loves to stay on my vent for my bin.Today i noticed it waits until i spray water,and runs and grabs what is flying.Even though it was getting wet! Never thought i would have a lizard happy to see me!
    Good to hear from you Paulo!

    • Anna
    • October 25, 2010

    And now I want one…

    Thanks Larry (and Bentley) for bringing this to my attention.

    • Heather
    • October 25, 2010

    I have those anoles too, and I swear there were 2 watching me harvest worms earlier today. I had to shoo them out of the yard before I could shut the garage door. We had dozens of babies in our front foodscape garden this year. I really enjoy these beneficial critters.

  2. Cool. It appears that you have the native anoles patroling your bins. I wish we had more natives in central Florida, but alas they are rare due to their Caribbean cousins muscling into their territory.

    • John Duffy
    • October 27, 2010

    Hey Larry,
    I think the little fella needs an appropriate name…
    Never a dull moment here at RWC;)
    …Heather, Mother Earth News website has an interesting article on edible landscapes you might enjoy.

    • Larry D.
    • October 27, 2010

    John H.-We actually have the most lizard species i have ever seen.I live directly across from a major shipping port.The anoles hold thier own here.But we have loads of odd looking lizards.

    John D.-I actually named it Markus! It has been looking at my bin,and has been on the phone to someone by codename “MK”.I also heard a faint “I knew it!” on the other end!

    • Jason
    • October 27, 2010

    I love seeing those guys around. I think the birds catch them around my garden though. The little translucent gekos are fun to watch too. I’ll leave a light on for those guys at night and watch them chow dowm on moths all night.

    • Heather Rinaldi
    • October 30, 2010

    Thanks, John Duffy…all over that article like a red wiggler on a rotten pumpkin:)!

  3. You’re right. That is a green anole or called a carolina anole. They eat anything that moves and can fit into their mouthand can drop their tails of you pull realy hard. The males have a red dewlap on their neck and the females commonly have a light-colored stripe down their back. Themales also have two large scales behind their anus and are common in most parts of the Southern United States.

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