I live in New York about an hour north of the city...and I bought a new vacuum cleaner a couple of weeks ago. So it was with some surprise, after hoovering the cottage for the first time, that I saw a largish piece of...stuff...on the bedroom floor. I'm thinking, afterall, that I've done a nice job and things should be clean.
Bending to pick up this clod of dust, I was soon disabused of the notion that my new machine wasn't everything it was cracked up to be. As I went to pinch the blob betwixt thumb and forefinger, it swiftly moved forward revealing itself to be a very small reptile.
I've seen Italian Wall LizardsÂ and Five Lined Skinks, but this was no Big Apple saurian so I grabbed the little blighter and temporarily plopped him in a goldfish bowl stuffed with miniature orchids. This tiny lizard, probably an anole, certainly didn't belong in the
not-quite-subtropical climate of New York state...so what the heck?
What was he? Where did he come from? (...and would he pay his rent be becoming part of my pest management program?).
The ONLY thing I could think of, is that he (or she) was brought in in the potting mix of houseplants shipped up from Florida--and that conditions were right for a hatch (but where are his siblings?). It was so small, there couldn't be any other explanation.
He made himself at home in the bowl, moving around actively, eating god-knows what, and perching on the grapevine orchid mounts in the sun coming through the window. The other day he disappeared as suddenly as he came to light. He hadn't gotten much bigger and his coloration hadn't changed--still no positive I.D.
I hope he's still around. There are plenty of little things to eat (I'm sure...), and, they DO live with people in the south, so....