Every year in mid to late August the tomato plants die back, and I cut them off leaving them about a foot tall.. Usually they start growing again and produce a fall crop of tomatoes. Today was the day for cutting back the tomato plants, but what I didn’t anticipate was how much this was going to stir up the little community of anoles that lives in and around the tomato pots.

This big male ran up onto the pole between the pots, watching the activity and displaying his dewlap now and then.




A female anole who looks ready to lay an egg or two was up on the pole also.


And there were juvenile and baby anoles everywhere. They climbed up on the now-empty tomato cages.


And they hopped around on the cut-off tomato plants.



This little one was doing push-ups on the edge of the tomato pot, looking very concerned about all the disruption.


A baby anole surveying the devastation in the tomato pot.


There were a couple of very tiny hatchlings. One hopped onto my hand when I moved in close for a photo of the little anole on the tomato cage, and I ended up with a photo of the baby on my finger.


This young anole had the most beautiful red/orange head.


They’ll all settle down in a day or two as they get used to the new set-up.

Here’s one more anole, but not from the tomato pot. This one lives by the back door, in and around the basil pot. She’s a very calm anole, and very used to people and dogs going in and out the back door right beside her.


Red star flower (Cypress vine flower) on the fence.


And Sophie with one of her beloved toys, a stuffed Santa Claus–perfect for playing with in August.