Veiled Chameleons other invasives in Florida ?

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Re: Veiled Chameleons other invasives in Florida ?

Postby Philsuma » Tue Oct 11, 2011 4:40 pm

EntoCraig wrote:Awesome! I would have loved to see some of these when I was down there... There are Mediterranean geckos all over the place...


Like Bill said...there are probably 3 other species of Chameleon established but the others are all much further south.

The frosts and cold snap killed a lot of the Veileds -even the really big ones. Bill L. told me he found a few hanging dead in trees with their legs still clamped on a branch. Weird. Veileds are one, if not THE toughest Chameleon. Hardy and built to make it in high heat, low moisture and even coolness. Panthers and most MAD species...not as much.

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Re: Veiled Chameleons other invasives in Florida ?

Postby Roadrunner » Sat Jan 07, 2012 10:57 am

I almost shot someone for coming on my property to steal lawn puffball mushrooms the other day:) People have to learn to realize whats on someone else`s property is NOT theirs, even if they can see it from the road! I also almost shot someone for tresspassing on my property for the 3rd year in a row. He knew exactly where he was and had been warned the previous 2 years. I almost shot him because he had no orange on, camo pants and a brown jacket, brown hair and a white face during whitetail season. I could've got away w/ it the way he was dressed and my eyesight. Didn't realize he wasn't a deer till my crosshairs were on him and the safety was off!

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lol...that cricket farmer is armed and dangerous ! I aksed his permission to take a few one day and he was pretty rude. He does seem like the shotgun type.
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Postby Philsuma » Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:05 pm

^ yep...scary.

Field herping is actually hard to do for that reason - private land.

Dogs are another scary problem. There are always barking dogs around every house / casita / hacienda...

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Re: Veiled Chameleons other invasives in Florida ?

Postby Philsuma » Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:18 am

just got the 411 on at least 5...count em, FIVE different species of chameleon established in SoFl.

Anyone want to wrangle some up, take some pics, send me a PM.

Also Anolis....those are my two fav invasives.

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Re: Veiled Chameleons other invasives in Florida ?

Postby BluePumilio » Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:12 am

5? I know of Veilds and Oustalet's chameleon, MAYBE Panthers. Pretty sure there are no viable Jackson's, not too sure about Verrucosus. What have you heard? Sure they were knowledgeable about this?

Philsuma wrote:just got the 411 on at least 5...count em, FIVE different species of chameleon established in SoFl.

Anyone want to wrangle some up, take some pics, send me a PM.

Also Anolis....those are my two fav invasives.

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Re: Veiled Chameleons other invasives in Florida ?

Postby Philsuma » Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:17 am

well, you know how rumours go. Pretty sure on Oustletts and even pardalis. Rumours of little carpet chameleons too.

I'll pm you and dustin with more info as I get it.

We'd have to go to Santa Barbara or thereabouts for Jacksons. Florida isn't misty enough for them - too hot as well.

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Re: Veiled Chameleons other invasives in Florida ?

Postby Philsuma » Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:33 pm

Chameleons runnin' wild, yo...

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Re: Veiled Chameleons other invasives in Florida ?

Postby Philsuma » Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:36 pm

oh oh...forgot this little gem...

As per my face to face convo with Dr.Ken Krysko circa Jan 2012 - he said that he feels certain, there are no established Coqui populations in the Dade Co area.

I disagree. I've heard them.

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Re: Veiled Chameleons other invasives in Florida ?

Postby TonyI25 » Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:39 pm

I love Veileds. I miss owning them. Once I get a house I will get another pair. Such cool, amazing and interesting creatures. I also miss living in SoFL.

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Re: Veiled Chameleons other invasives in Florida ?

Postby Rusty_Shackleford » Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:42 pm

I'm gonna have to go Chameleon hunting one of these days.
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Re: Veiled Chameleons other invasives in Florida ?

Postby Philsuma » Thu Oct 17, 2013 5:47 pm

There are only 30 mins East of you Jon. Go at night and locate them by flashlight- sleeping in trees, by their body 'shine'.

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Re: Veiled Chameleons other invasives in Florida ?

Postby IEatBugs » Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:46 pm

It's harder than it sounds. I haven't found any, but I don't think I have been in the right place though.
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Re: Veiled Chameleons other invasives in Florida ?

Postby Rusty_Shackleford » Fri Oct 18, 2013 3:01 pm

IEatBugs wrote:It's harder than it sounds. I haven't found any, but I don't think I have been in the right place though.


Let's go together, I'll spot 'em, you can climb the tree.
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Re: Veiled Chameleons other invasives in Florida ?

Postby IEatBugs » Fri Oct 18, 2013 3:10 pm

Mmmm, my decrepit self is not climbing any tree!
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