So I was walking through a park near my apartment in Austin, Texas when I stumbled onto a tree that had split and partially fallen over, near the very base of the trunk there were two wood mushrooms growing. As a kid my family always went out mushroom hunting for the highly prized morels (in fact a large part of the reason for my excursion this time was to see if I could find some morels). I actually think these mushrooms here are edible, though not entirely sure, and they were still soft so if they are that would be the time to pick them. I decided I would rather just let them grow so that they could continue to add character to the tree. As I was further investigating this tree I happened to kick the part that had fallen down and lo and behold!:
It turned out that the fire ants had made this fallen log into their home. I actually ended up getting bit by a couple of the fire ants and have some of the pimple-like marks fire ants make on my hands to prove it. Of course I couldn't resist the temptation to mess with them so I kicked the log a bunch of times to make them swarm when out comes......
Ever since I was a little kid I have always loved catching wild critters. My mom still recalls the time when my cousin and I filled up a 5 gallon bucket about a 3rd of the way full of snakes. She LOVED that. She was even happier when we spilled it over near the house and they scattered in every direction......
I guess I haven't grown up much because I still like catching wild critters!
It was at this point that I decided to make a video of me when I released him back on the tree and I uploaded that video to youtube:
After doing some looking, I would say that this guy is probably a Green Anole or Carolina Anole.
On this page they suggest that a stressed lizard turns brown and that a happy lizard is green. From this experience I would say the opposite is true. Unless the lizard decided it liked being caught, which I doubt.
Take it easy until next time!