|Created:||July 23rd, 2015 - 11:20 AM|
|Last Modified:||August 6th, 2015 - 03:40 PM|
Observed 3 males and 2 females as well as collected 1 juvenile. Firmly established in this neighborhood. Several other residents also reported seeing them on their properties.
There is a tiny population of 5 lined skinks within a few miles which I feel were also added by human intervention. The population of wall lizards seems secure in this neighborhood and so far, occupies about a 2 block area. Curiously, all have been observed around the landscaped houses and not in the adjacent "green way" park area which is just across the small street.
Awesome discovery! I am pretty sure that they have been present in that area for some time and so far haven't spread too much, but who knows. If you took the philosophical route, you could say that human interference is natural because humans are a product of nature. I personally don't think that justifies mankind eradicating species, but I have heard it argued. Humans seem to be the "acid test" for species and unfortunately, a lot are failing! I feel that humans truly should be the stewards of nature and try to preserve as many species as we can.
Yes, great record, but who knows what an introduced species like this might do to indigenous species?? Could it eventually end up like pythons in the Everglades? Hope not!!