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Island Critters

This material was taken from: The Ephemeral Islands, David G. Campbell, 1978. Macmillan Education ltd. London.

 


 

Anoles (Anolis):

Location: __________________________      Date:____________ Time:_________
Describe habitat and/or behavior: _______________________________________________________
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LizzardAnoles are small lizards (about 4 in. long) found literally everywhere in the Bahamas; almost every major island or cay has one or more unique subspecies of anoles. These small lizards are very territorial and perform a stylized routine of push-ups and head-bobs accompanied by extension of a bright orange dewlap (throat fan) many times a day to discourage rival lizards from invading their hunting ground.  Anoles are typically territorial yet peaceful, seldom fighting for hunting grounds but respecting each others’ threat displays.  Threat displays are also used to attract mates. Pay attention, you will notice the same anoles in the same place each day, guarding their territories.
Camouflage:  External stimuli, such as light intensity, can cause an anole to turn from gray to brown to black in a matter of minutes. 

 

 


Curly-tailed Lizards (Leiocephalus)

Location: __________________________      Date:____________ Time:_________
Describe habitat and/or behavior: _________________________________________________________________________________
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Boa Constrictors (Epicrates)
Location: __________________________      Date:____________ Time:_________
Describe habitat and/or behavior: ___________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________ _________________________________________________________

 

 

 


Brown Racers (Alsophis)
Location: __________________________      Date:____________ Time:_________
Describe habitat and/or behavior: ____________________________________________________________________________________
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Giant Bat Moth (Money Bat)
Location: __________________________      Date:____________ Time:_________
Describe habitat and/or behavior: ___________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________ _________________________________________________________

Moth

 

 


 

Cuban Tree Frog
Location: __________________________      Date:____________ Time:_________
Describe habitat and/or behavior: ___________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________ _________________________________________________________

 


 

“No See-ums” (Sandflies)
Location: __________________________      Date:____________ Time:_________
Describe habitat and/or behavior: ___________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________ _________________________________________________________

 


 

Centipedes
Location: __________________________      Date:____________ Time:_________
Describe habitat and/or behavior: ___________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________ _________________________________________________________

Centipede

 

Scorpions
Location: __________________________      Date:____________ Time:_________
Describe habitat and/or behavior: ________________________________________________________
__________________________ __________________________________________________________

Scorpion

 

 

 


 

Ground Spider
Location: __________________________      Date:____________ Time:_________
Describe habitat and/or behavior: __________________________________________________________________________________
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Bottle Spiders (Black Widow)
Location: __________________________      Date:____________ Time:_________
Describe habitat and/or behavior: ___________________________________________________________________________________
__________________________ _________________________________________________________

Spider

 

 


Leaf-nosed Bats (europhylla planifrons)
Location: __________________________      Date:____________ Time:_________
Describe habitat and/or behavior: __________________________________________________________________________________
_________________________________________________________________________________

Bat

 


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