OT: Italian Wall Lizards in Connecticut
Posted by Daniel on 1/29/2015, 11:00 am
A friend of mine is a herpetologist at Yale and he just published a range expansion for the introduced Italian Wall Lizard. They were imported into Garden City (Long Island) in the mid 60s, escaped, and have so far:
1. Amazingly survived Long Island winters (they are from central Italy)
2. Been spreading by using the Long Island railroad tracks as corridors (as far as Staten Island, Bronx, and the Hamptons, LI).
Last summer, they were found in Greenwich, CT for the first time. Unsurprisingly, they were right next to the railroad tracks (eggs, juveniles... the works).
My friend says they manage to survive by hibernating (something they never do back in Italy) and they will probably survive as far north as Cape Cod.
So! be on the lookout for 5 inch bright green lizards in your backyard soon!