Lulu pausing for a sniff on her way to the door.

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And happy Sophie.

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Here’s the three-legged anole, sitting on his favorite tile late this afternoon.

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It was another exciting day for lizard battles. I saw these two on the bottom rail of the gate: dark anole on the left, tan anole on the right. They had obviously been fighting already–both were already a bit banged up with blood spots on their faces.

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The dark anole attacked first.

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The tan anole quickly got the upper hand, with a firm grip on his opponent’s face.

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And then the tan anole performed an amazing move, swinging the dark anole off the rail while maintaining his grip on the dark anole’s head.

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The tan anole hung onto the rail with his back feet while continuing to fight the dark anole.

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The dark anole eventually pulled free and ran away. The tan anole went up to the top of the gate and posed there. I noticed that his dewlap seemed to hang down slightly with a pointed edge instead of a curve.

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The victor in this battle turned out to be the big male anole with the damaged dewlap who lived in one of the big tomato pots last summer. I recently moved, emptied and cleaned out the pots to get them ready for this year’s plants. I had seen this guy in his pot once already this month, but he wasn’t around the day I moved the pots. Now I guess he’s looking for new territory around the gate since his home turf suddenly disappeared!

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