My Lizard Garden

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How to Make a Lizard Garden

I never did set out to actually create a "lizard garden." I always wanted a bird friendly garden or maybe even attract butterflies. I created a lizard garden quite by accident. When I moved into my house 11 years ago, we had cats that were not very friendly to gardens. Little by little, I eliminated things and tweaked my backyard to deter cats. It wasn't until my grandson moved in with us for a while that I realized I had created a lizard paradise. My grandson Gavin just loved to see all the lizards scurrying about and even was bent on doing the impossible. Trying to catch one. He's 3 years old, and pronounces lizard like "wizard." At first I thought he was seeing "wizards"!

The picture to the left is a lizard hiding among my rose bushes.

All photos on this page are from my backyard

All photos on this lens were taken by me of wildlife in my backyard.

Lizards Playing

Caught 2 lizards "playing" in my backyard. The black lizards I see seem to be quite territorial.

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Leapin' Lizards!

All the photos of lizards on this page were from my backyard. The one on the right is on a wooden footbridge built. I can see a lot of them from my sliding glass door, but when I go outside I can see and hear them all scurrying around. Some will stop and let me get a closer look.

Some of you might be thinking about snakes. Well, I have thought of that myself. I'm not really worried, as the snakes would find it harder to find my yard. They would need to go across roads and people's backyards. Lot's of dogs in the neighborhood. I'm sure it's possible!

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Creating a Lizard Garden

As I said, I did not set out to create a lizard garden. It just was a result of how I transformed out backyard. I removed all the grass and made planters. I piled rocks, stones, pavers, and gravel more to repel cats. I even used some artificial boulders to fill in space and give it more size. I also enlarged my koi pond. Pretty soon, the backyard was completely devoid of grass, and full of hardscape.

Having rocks for lizards to hide probably first attracted them. Second, my larger boulders and dark tree we have gave them ample places to sun themselves. Early mornings the lizards are really out and about sunning themselves.

In the photo to the right, you can see a lizard sunning himself on a rock.

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Stepping Stones

I put stepping stones throughout the garden. I spray painted them different colors to add some instant color to the backyard. Here a lizard is sunning himself on one of the blue ones. They are fascinating to just watch.

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Thoughts on a lizard garden.

I assume every state has lizards. How you create one for your climate may be different than mine. I live in southwest Riverside County, California, which is essentially a desert. Many housing developments have gone in, encroaching on the wildlife habitat. Hence, my backyard obviously attracts desert type lizards native to this area.

Since my backyard has a desert feel to it, the lizards feel quite at home. Other parts of the country may need to design theirs to attract the local lizards. You need places to hide, places to sun, plants for shade, food, and water.

If lizards are not your thing, think about designing a garden to attract something you like.

The photo to the right shows a lizard in my backyard sunning himself on the fence.

Three Lizards

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There are three lizards on this tree at the same time. Can you see them all?

Some lizards in our backyard.

I started taking one lizard, then he takes off to the left. Keep watching the video, as another lizard scuttles in on the right.

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I suspect the one thing needed for a lizard friendly garden is sun exposure for most of the day. Lizards are cold blooded and need places to sun themselves. Providing flat, tall objects and places for them to sun should attract lizards. Also, they need cracks, plants, and crevices to hide in quickly from predators. This does not mean you need to turn your backyard into a desert.

The lizard at the right is sunning himself on a low-lying rock in my backyard.

It takes two to tango

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Here's two of them just lounging side by side on a fake rock I have, along with the snail statue. They think they live in paradise.

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Lizard on a rock

Lizard being lazy in the shade on a hot day.

Having loads of lizards playing in your backyard is better than owning pets. You don't have to feed or water them, or change their cage. They just take care of themselves.

Lizards mating

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At first I did not know what they were doing. I thought they were fighting. I took the picture, then scared them off. I did some research. It seems the male likes to bite the head of the female. Who knew? I wish I had taken a video of it. it would have been pretty amazing.

Big lizard on a tree

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This is one big lizard on my tree in the backyard. He seems to be a different species than the three lizards on the same tree above.

Two Lizards

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Took this photo in the evening. There are two lizards in the picture. The brown one is actually about a foot or more long. Startled me at firts. Looked like a snake! No, that is not a real skull, but a plastic replica.

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Other wildlife in my garden.

The opossum to the right was found one morning. He would not move.

I've been woken up by racoons trying to fish for koi.

One day a heron tried to carry off one of my koi fish. The fish was too big, but that fish bears the scars today. I named that koi "Lucky."

My Lizard Garden

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This is one part of my backyard which is now a lizard paradise.

Another View

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Here's another part of my backyard lizard garden.

More from my backyard

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As you can see, I don't have a normal backyard. It's all hardscape, just perfect for lizards.

My final photo

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This is the last photo in the series here showing my backyard lizard paradise.

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My Grandson Gavin

He has moved away, but I still get to visit him. Here he is playing in the water activity table we had in the back. I made him realize it was impossible to catch the lizards and we should just sit quietly and watch them for as long as we can. He sure loved this. I bought him some plastic lizards to play with. He liked putting them in the water.

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My Koi Pond

I also filled in some of the backyard with a koi pond. It's a lot of work to upkeep, but I love the fish. Here is my grandson Gavin feeding them. We almost have them trained to be fed right out of the hand.

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Helene-Malmsio 2 years ago

Good on you for creating a sanctuary in the garden for lizards! I have lovely gecko lizards in my garden and I have safety spots for them and for frogs - luv em!

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ClassyGals 2 years ago from Pittsburgh

Amazing creation and just for lizards! Angel Blessings**

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ferginarg lm 2 years ago

I enjoyed seeing your lizard garden, I would love to live in an area where I could do something similar. Thank you for sharing.

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Country-Sunshine 2 years ago from Texas Level 3 Commenter

What a great idea, even if it was unintended! I like how you painted the stepping stones. What a pretty backyard!

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suzy-t 2 years ago

I love your garden. Lizards, koi...It's alive.

anonymous 2 years ago

What a cool garden!

Thnx for share and what a great lens

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tyrosine 2 years ago

oooo but the sight of the scaly lizards creeps me out. :(

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Steph Tietjen 2 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

I absolutely love lizards and have lots of them in my backyard, too. Every spring there's more babies.

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lasertek lm 2 years ago

This is new. I haven't heard anybody having a lizard garden.

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BodyLanguageExp 2 years ago

Amazing! Great idea for lizzars.

depuylawsuit 2 years ago

Cool garden, I'd like to make one someday but I think I wouldn't put lizards in them. LOL!

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DeniseDurham2011 2 years ago

Lizard garden...what fun! I have always liked them, along with snakes. I like reptiles :) I want to do something with my back yard. It's pretty boring. I like your pictures of your yard with all the color. I am going to find what I can do similar to yours!

BDIMedia 2 years ago

Great Images of the Garden - Gives me more reason to get a Lizard.

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Scarlettohairy 2 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. Level 2 Commenter

Living in Arizona, I can relate to lizards everywhere. I don't think they live in many of the other states (too cold) but they are fun to watch. I just don't like when they get in the house.

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aesta1 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Level 7 Commenter

Your lizard must enjoy this garden.

anonymous 2 years ago

What a happy accident that you created the perfect habitat for lizards...I hear they have been texting all their distant relatives. I would love to spend time with your grandson watching the "wizards"! Congratulations on front page honors on this delightful delight!

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Diana Wenzel 2 years ago from Colorado Level 2 Commenter

Love how your garden became an "accidental" lizard haven. Serendipity (happy accident). I have many lizards here in the high desert of Colorado. Just love watching them sun themselves all over my property. Thanks for sharing your lizard garden and congrats on being featured (new gardening Monsterboard).

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abb1fan 2 years ago

My son would love your garden . . . great pics!

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Elric22 2 years ago

Doesn't that crow statue scare teh little critters off?

Otherwise, looks very nice.

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SoSimplyStephanie 2 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

I would be too freaked out to go back there. A few li

ttle camillian never hurt anybody but some of those things look like mini-kamoto dragons!

MissChassit 2 years ago

Your garden is lovely! If I was a lizard, I'd live there. I'm glad that you've got a good garden for some scaly beauties to hang out in.

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LiteraryMind 2 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Cute lens. Nice garden. Adorable grandson

juliet765 2 years ago

Thanks for sharing your lizard garden.

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paperfacets 2 years ago from La Verne, CA Level 2 Commenter

We have plenty of lizards too. East LA county, La Verne.

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allenwebstarme 2 years ago

Wow lens really awesome pond, garden and plants. Shows your hard work.

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Anthony Altorenna 2 years ago from Connecticut Level 1 Commenter

Congratulations on creating a beautiful and wildlife friendly garden!

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NatureLuver 2 years ago

Cool idea. I like it.

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SayGuddaycom 2 years ago

I have a lot of lizards in my house in AZ but my cats think they are snacks! Worse than that, they want to share those snacks with me!!

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fullofshoes 2 years ago

Really like the use of multi-colored blocks for your pathways.

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Annamadagan 2 years ago

Such a cool idea! Nice lens.

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gatornic15 2 years ago

I really liked your lens. I used to try to catch lizards when I lived in Florida when I was a little kid.

amyrenfrey 2 years ago

I have a resident Water Dragon called "Izzy". He lives under our palm tree and I feed him banana when I see him. How can I get him to come out more? Should I redesign the garden, or should I feed him more banana? LOL

anonymous 2 years ago

Congratulations for being featured on Squidoo's 2012 Spring Gardening Showcase and Blessed by a fellow Gardener and Squidoo Angel

SteveKaye 2 years ago

You really have a beautiful garden. I'm sending the link to my wife because we've been talking about making changes in our yard.

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Nanciajohnson 2 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

I love this lens. We have lizards and even geckos that will sneak in the house here in Arizona. You have a very nicely designed backyard. I can see why lizards like to live there.

dumutu 2 years ago

Nice lens. I have many lizards in my garden....:)

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dahlia369 2 years ago

I have a lizard garden, too, and didn't even know it until I found your beautiful lens... ;)

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Gypzeerose 2 years ago Level 1 Commenter

Lovely lens. Angel Blessed for originality and personal content and for creating such a nice, ecologically sound idea. Rock gardens rock. (Sorry, I couldn't resist.) I am building one now, maybe I will end up with a lizard garden too. PS - I love those stepping stones too.

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MelonyVaughan 2 years ago

You have a stunning garden. It looks beautiful and inviting.

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MillBucks 2 years ago

Awesome lens and awesome garden, you have really created a paradise for your lizards and yourself. Simply beautiful!

anonymous 2 years ago

cool :)

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jordanmilesbask 2 years ago

Interesting lens...

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SadSquid 2 years ago

That is so great, that you designed a wild life refuge in your garden! And that you (and grandson) can appreciate the less 'fluffy' creatures. Unfotunately I live in a flat, in London which is bereft of reptiles, I keep geckos, but captive reptiles is not the same.

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Thrinsdream 2 years ago

How I miss seeing lizards! Used to live in SE Asia and we called them chit chats, they lived in the house . . . well everywhere and this article brought back so many beautiful memories of home. Thank you. Fab lens, FANTASTIC garden, so colourful & love the koi. With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x

InnovativeToys 2 years ago

Awesome! I could really get into a lizard garden. Thanks for creating this lens!

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intermarks 2 years ago

Wow! There must be quite a lot of insect in your garden. Otherwise, there won't be so many lizard there. Nice sharing!

Ajeet 2 years ago

Nice to see this lens featured on the homepage :) Congrats

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squidoopets 2 years ago

What a lovely garden, I really enjoyed the pictures especially.

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Rangoon House 2 years ago from A Tropical Idyll.

Weeping wizards! Spring Blessings to you and Gavin.

dellgirl 2 years ago

What a great lens, it√Ęs very well done, thanks for sharing. The photos are amazing!

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Gabriel360 2 years ago

Great lens! Job well done.

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Scotties-Rock 2 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

Great lens. Who doesn't love a lizard! Your Koi are beautiful as well as your Grandson. We used to have large Koi in our pond until the heron came. :( Blessed!

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mrsjordanjr 2 years ago

I love lizards! Sounds like you live in the perfect spot.

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writerkath 2 years ago Level 1 Commenter

We've been renting a place in Florida for the winter, and there is a small patio in the back where we'll sit and have our morning tea. There are so many little lizards, and we are constantly entertained by them! Great lens! *Blessed* :) Kath

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greenspirit 2 years ago from London Level 1 Commenter

I love the little lizards...we don't get them here, but I get them in a garden in S. France I visit. I'm always thrilled and fascinated by them.

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BunnyFabulous 2 years ago from Central Florida

Very fun idea! We've got lizards all over the place at our house in Florida. They're lots of fun to watch. Per your suggestion, we may get some more rocks for them to sun themselves on. Right now they like my daughter's swingset.

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CoeGurl 2 years ago from USA

Your backyard looks very inviting. Great pictures of your lizards!

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PennyHowe 2 years ago

A wild topic for a lens. You carried it off beautifully. I love lizards. Thanks for sharing.

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ItayaLightbourne 2 years ago from Topeka, KS Level 1 Commenter

Very lovely garden and article! :)

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vegetablegardenh 2 years ago

So neat! I love lizards. You got quite the garden there, nice work!

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April Wier 2 years ago

I have never heard of a lizard garden before. What a great idea!

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LittleLindaPinda 2 years ago from Florida

I love the little lizards that visit us. A couple of them let me pet them on the neck. I even had time to go in the house, get my camera and take many photos of me rubbing his neck. That made my day and his too.

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vetochemicals 2 years ago from Pittsburgh Pa

We had lizards in our Florida home when we lived there, not along Lake Erie now though. One day I moved the flower pots on our patio and there were lots of little bugs exposed and soon after several lizards enjoyed a healthy lunch. They never bothered us and they liked our sunny spot there too. Great photos of your yard and the lizards - you've got lots of them!

anonymous 2 years ago

you have a beautiful garden. We have a few lizards in our garden but they are only small ones. We have had a snake come in from spare block, and also a blue tongue goanna came to visit us.

Love your koi pond, we had a problem with cats pinching ours. great lens

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Gayle Dowell 2 years ago from Kansas Level 1 Commenter

Lovely garden and lively too. We naturally have a lot of rock, so we do get lizards sunning here and there. Blessed.

dakotasapphire 2 years ago

Lizards are so cute, but I live in Washington so there's no way to find them, but we do have lots of slugs

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Snakesmum 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia Level 5 Commenter

Love lizards, but there are too many cats in my neighbourhood, so they are rarely seen. Nice lens.

anonymous 2 years ago

You are lucky to be able to find lizards in your garden. We dont get any where I live :(

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lesliesinclair 2 years ago

I love this idea of magnifying the enjoyment of your garden by enhancing it for lizards.

Aunt-Mollie 2 years ago

Lizards are great in a garden because they eat bugs.

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GardenIdeasHub LM 2 years ago

Very interesting lens. Lizard garden is a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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Vikk Simmons 2 years ago from Houston

This is a great and very personal page that I enjoyed visiting quite a lot. I love how you expanded your idea. We have a pond and quite a few lizards here, too. Great job.

anonymous 24 months ago

We have a few lizards who live amongst the rocks, yuccas, and agave plants at our house. They are fun to watch..

gekkochaser 23 months ago

I'm in Georgia, and we have lizards. My kitty does a great lizard dance when she tries to catch them. We have a koi pond, and used to have trouble with critters stealing fish until I read a tip to put metal reflective balls..different sizes on the pond. They move constantly and that is offputting to critters! Haven't lost a fish since. They are pretty silver and add to the pond' s beauty.

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GardenerDon 23 months ago

What a nice "personal" lens. I'm in Canada, so no lizards to speak of here (they'd all be frozen!) but I do enjoy reading about others gardening efforts

AdriatiX 23 months ago

We have a lot of this small ''dinosaurs'' at our area, especially now when spring is knocking on the our doors. A fantastic lens with some very beautiful photos I must say.

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tfsherman lm 23 months ago

We had some young boys from Ireland visit our home in Florida a few years ago. Their parents took them to Disneyworld and to see the sights, but what they really liked to do was catch lizards! They don't have lizards in Ireland, I suppose.

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takkhisa 21 months ago Level 1 Commenter

Awesome idea for the one who loves gardening! :)

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sandstoneandamber 19 months ago

I love the "wizards" too =) They are not easy to photograph, though, they can move fast!

TanoCalvenoa 15 months ago

Southwestern Riverside County? Like in Corona? I'm in Corona, and see these guys in my yard all the time.

The_Kelster 14 months ago

beautiful garden, really enjoyed this lens :)

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flycatcherrr 12 months ago

I just can't tell you how much I enjoyed this tour of your garden and its lovevly lizards. What a magical playground for young Gavin!

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Lady Lorelei 12 months ago from Canada Level 4 Commenter

I loved seeing the lizards play in your back yard. I was thinking that by removing predators from that turf you may have also given them this lizard friendly space. I can sure see how they enjoy the rocks and trees of your yard. It is so sweet to see nature interacting so wonderfully with our man made space. Love it!

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Titia 12 months ago from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands Level 1 Commenter

Lovely garden and beautiful lizards. Congrats on the Purple Star. We do have lizards in The Netherlands but I don't think I've ever seen a lizard where I live.

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Snakesmum 12 months ago from Victoria, Australia Level 5 Commenter

Would love to have lizards in my backyard, but the neighbourhood cats have made sure it won't happen, unfortunately. I know we have geckos in the woodpile, though, and one day I found a big one in the compost bin. Love your garden.

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shellys-space 12 months ago from Midwest U.S.A.

Your backyard looks terrific and I love the pond! My son would adore the lizards and your grandson looks like he loves to check out all the lizards and fish :)

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MelanieKaren 12 months ago from Pennsylvania, USA Level 2 Commenter

Everything looks wonderful, and those koi and lizards have a wonderful safe haven home!! I would love to have lizards around like that, but I live too far North. They just aren't around here. In my travels down South, I love to see all the little wild lizards! You've done a really nice job with your yard. :)

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esmonaco 12 months ago from Lakewood New York Level 5 Commenter

What a beatuiful garden you have created, it looks like a lot of work and thought went into it my grandson would love this. Congratulations on LOTD!!

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gottaloveit2 12 months ago Level 3 Commenter

You've not only created a gorgeous lizardy backyard but, even more importantly, you've created a paradise for your grandson to learn about. How nice that he plays outside and loves to watch the animals. Congratulations on a very well earned lens of the day.

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BestOfGeorge 12 months ago

Besides being a great garden, what a great story. I have just moved into a new property and you have given me lots to think about for my garden. I am sure my grandsons would love to play in a garden like this.

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writerkath 12 months ago Level 1 Commenter

Wow! Congratulations on LotD for this great lens! I remember liking and commenting on this about 2 years ago - I see these little fellas all the time in our winter quarters here in Florida, and I love watching them! It was wonderful revisiting! Enjoy your day! :)

glowchick 12 months ago

This is a great idea, thanks for sharing and congrats on being chosen LOTD :)

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tonyleather 12 months ago

This is such an interesting post a beautifully put together garden. Thanks!

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Merrci 12 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Level 6 Commenter

Fascinating! Congratulations on LotD! It must be a delight to watch them, knowing how much they enjoy your yard. Very interesting to see your photos and read more about them!

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Faye Rutledge 12 months ago from Concord VA Level 2 Commenter

I live in VA and we also have an "accidental" lizard garden because of the rocks and gravel around our house. We love to watch them sun themselves and play. The tiny babies are so cute! Congratulations on LotD!

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Cari Kay 11 12 months ago Level 4 Commenter

This has easily become one of my favorite pages here at Squidoo. We have a lizard garden too but, until today, I did not realize it. I'm looking at it all a bit differently now. Unfortunately, our lizard garden also has snakes :( and the occasional gator...well, really, they stay in the creek behind our lizard garden and our lizard garden does have a sturdy iron fence but they're watching, in the words of Roz (Monsters, Inc.) always watching.

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Dressage Husband 12 months ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada Level 5 Commenter

I have not seen many lizards since living in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, where they lived in the house with me. They are really good at keeping flies and mosquitoes out! I now live in Canada and am not sure if any live this far North? Nova Scotia anyone? Well done on the LOTD!

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PAINTDRIPS 12 months ago from Fresno CA Level 5 Commenter

Congrats on Lens of the Day. I love this. Amazing garden with or without lizards, although they do make a fun added attraction. Thanks for sharing.

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Diana Wenzel 12 months ago from Colorado Level 2 Commenter

Stopping back by to congratulate you on Lens of the Day. Now that it is warming up around here, I should be seeing my little lizards again.

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nicenet 12 months ago

I'm not a lizard fan but your garden looks pretty cool!

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Amanda Howdeshell 12 months ago from Florida

We have anole lizards in Florida. They are actually an invasive species to the idea. But then again, so are the iguanas that are becoming a problem in South Florida. I can't say I mind that much... one of the unsung benefits of lizard gardens is that the lizards eat unwanted bugs, especially roaches!

kiddomcchrono 12 months ago

The pic of the lizard sunning himself on the blue tile is my favorite photo. It's as if the lizard looked back at you say "Do you need something? If not could you please move." Very funny picture, lol. Great post!

anonymous 12 months ago

Very cool lens. Congratulations on getting LotD!

anonymous 12 months ago

Beautiful creatures of God. Congratulations!

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RoadMonkey 12 months ago Level 3 Commenter

What an interesting looking garden!

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delia-delia 12 months ago Level 2 Commenter

Congratulations on LOTD! Love this lens and love lizards! I've not seen too many here were I live...but welcome them, or any other critters...we have a great deal of wildlife in our back yard...the other day at least 17 Turkey's and about a dozen deer.

AlleyCatLane 12 months ago

Enjoyed your lizards! I like them too, and have a family of skinks that return every year. They are rather large lizards that I love having around to eat all the mosquitoes, spiders and other bugs. I showed them off in my lens on Critters. I wouldn't be surprised if you didn't have some snakes in among the rocks too.

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JoanieMRuppel54 12 months ago from Keller, Texas Level 1 Commenter

Love this lense because we have a lot of lizards and I can relate. We live in North Central Texas and have many lizards and geckos in our yard year round, but more in the summer. We have quite a few rocks mixed in our landscape so perhaps that is why we have so many lizards. Congrats on LOTD!

EthanGordon 12 months ago

Is it meant to say wizards at the top? anyway cool post! :)

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MelRootsNWrites 12 months ago from California Level 6 Commenter

This is so cool! Right now, we have about 3 salamanders living in the rock garden on the side of the house. I only see them on rainy evenings. I would love to have a backyard that attracted more lizards.

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xomnhago 12 months ago

So so cool. Love it

cargo123 12 months ago

hey! i want to confess that i really scared of lizard. but reading your post make me surprised ! anyways its cool to make lizard garden. have fun.

neenah21 12 months ago

I live in south florida and we have all kinds of lizards down here-(they even get inside sometimes)-I love what you have done-it sure is beautiful and is a fantastic accomplishment.

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Ibidii 12 months ago

Awesome lens! Congratulations on the purple star! I remember watching the lizards when I was a kid. My brother loved to handle them and could catch them for us to watch. My Aunt had a lot of lizards in her yard and we loved to look at them there.

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Arachnea 12 months ago from Texas USA

what a great lens. i can't help thinking that koi food looks like cheerios. i think you've developed your back yard nicely and with respect to the natural environ. congrats on lotd.

StrongMay 11 months ago

Everywhere I've lived as I grew up had lizards. The most adorable ones were the tiny ones - inch long perfect creatures. We had dozens of them - we had a foldable sun umbrella we kept outside, and every time we opened it it rained lizards. I still live in a place with plenty of lizards, and now a huge wild tortoise and a really big chameleon found the backyard tree. Funny enough, our yard always had grass, of the wild variety found in the area. They liked to climb up the outdoor walls around the house to sunbathe, and managed to find a way into our shed to lay their eggs on the ceiling. To escape other creatures they just climbed higher up.

Congrats on the purple star and LOTD, and all those great pictures!

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paulahite 11 months ago from Virginia Level 2 Commenter

Sweet lens! It was featured on our Facebook page today!

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stephenteacher 11 months ago from Corona, CA Hub Author

@paulahite: Thank you so much!

leyla-eraybar 11 months ago

What a nice garden! The picture of your grandson is precious.

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Lionrhod 11 months ago from Orlando, FL Level 3 Commenter

Very neat! We have lizards like these too. I love watching them.

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nikahexplorer 11 months ago

This is an interesting lens :)

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paperfacets 11 months ago from La Verne, CA Level 2 Commenter

Very interesting to read. Your yard is amazingly colorful. We unfortunately have clutter and the lizards sometimes get trapped in empty pots. My husband saves them. The little boys in the family think the dried lizards are curious. Do lizards eat black widows? I hope so because we have too many of those.

katiesnow 11 months ago

very cool, living in Florida I never thought of this and tiny lizards are everywhere! I feed the birds, squirrels, and a group of raccoons! I guess I'm adding a lizard garden to my yard!

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Tom Maybrier 11 months ago

Cool idea! You have a miniature nature preserve out your back door!

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Lucildoll LM 11 months ago

You have have done a lovely job with your garden facilitating your lizards! the garden yes but the lizards, I am terrified by reptiles, physically I'd be out of there like lightening.

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astevn816 lm 11 months ago

This looks like a very relaxing place to kick back on a hot summer day with a glass of sweet tea. A very beautiful garden.

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ideadesigns 11 months ago from Central USA Level 1 Commenter

What an amazing treat to see inside your busy yard! Lizards are cool to watch and thanks for sharing the pics and videos!

sjdq209 11 months ago

very cool...thanks for sharing the pics

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linfcor 10 months ago from Spring Hill Florida Level 2 Commenter

I live in Florida and we have lots of lizards ! They are really fun to watch. Great lens !

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mistyriver 10 months ago

Your garden is beautiful! I really enjoyed your lizard pictures.

minhtuong1992 10 months ago

how could you do that? you are really look like a doctor of lizard

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Bajanchristian 10 months ago

Maybe you should start giving them names. That would be cool don't you think?

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DawnRae64 9 months ago from Maryland, USA Level 2 Commenter

So cool! I enjoyed this lens very much. My son has lizards in his yard in Florida. And this is the first year I'm discovering that there are a large amount of skinks in this area. I'd love to have lizards in a garden.

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BestRatedStuff 9 months ago

What a great idea. Your garden looks lovely and I really like the idea of having almost pets without the work.

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LauraHofman 8 months ago from Naperville, IL

I love both lizards and koi! Your photos of your backyard oasis are beautiful. We used to have a koi pond when we lived in Southern California and I miss it. I enjoyed the green anoles and iguanas when we visited the US Virgin Islands. Fascinating creatures. Don't get those here in the Chicago area. Our yard is a haven for bunnies, squirrels, chipmunks, and birds.

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