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Small, Smaller, Smallest

After a short hiatus, I posted the bimonthly Hacienda Jacana birding list a couple days ago, and it reminded me of how much I enjoy writing about how much I enjoy photographing nature. That sentence should add up perfectly, right? Anyway, after that ton of bird photos, I figured I’d share something different.

I don’t particularly know how to go herping as how I know how to go birding, but sometimes we happen to stumble upon something interesting. A few weeks ago, we saw this little lizard scampering away from our approaching humanoid forms. So obviously, I picked it up and took a few photos. Never seen this particular one before, and actually up to this day we’re not completely sure what it is. Measured about 2.5 inches from snout to tail. More on this story in a subsequent post.

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After communication with a well-known herpetologist on the matter, we were advised to look for more similar geckos for comparison. As luck would have it, we never found any. Except for the usual House Gecko, this one was a young one that I’m certain we’re very familiar with here in T&T.

house gecko







Then just last week we saw the absolute tiniest lizards – a pair of them – initially we thought they may just be recently hatched young; but the patterns on the head of one of them jumped out at me. I was actually afraid to attempt a capture as they were so small (I was convinced I’d touch it and rupture its internal organs with my bumbling fingers) so I watched it run into a crevice. There was one problem though. I needed a photo. After years in the bush I had never seen one and probably unlikely to ever see another. Thanks to the torch on my mobile, high ISO and an extra pair of hands I managed to get one image of it as it hunkered down in its safe place.

It’s the smallest lizard in T&T, the Mole’s Day Gecko. Maximum size 28mm.

moles day gecko

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