Greetings Everyone! I’m Curtis Curly-tail and this is my blog. I confess, when Elaine asked me to write a blog, I had no idea what was involved. But my friend Dudley Dewlap, (he’s a green iguana talk show host), gave me some pointers, so I am ready to curl my tail and get down to blogging. I thought it would be hard to write with my perfectly sized lizard fingers but it’s going quite well. I’m getting pretty good at hitting the space bar with my tail.
Dudley suggested I start off by introducing myself. I am a Bahamian curly-tail lizard, scientific name Leiocephalus carinatus. We curl our tails up over our backs. Humans have often wondered why we do this. We use it to attract the girls, obviously, and to distract predators. Some people think that the waving tail will make the predators attack the wrong end of the lizard, ending up with only a mouthful of tail. But don’t worry, our tails grow back. Personally, I think waving my tail lets the predator know I see him and he doesn’t have any hope in catching me.
I live on Warderick Wells Cay, (cay means island), in the Bahamas. My cay is located in the group of islands called the Exumas. I think they are the best islands of all of the Bahamas islands. Along with other small lizards, we curly-tails share some of the islands with rather large lizards called iguanas. Unlike my friend Dudley who lives in a tree, the Exuma iguanas are rock iguanas, Cyclura cychlura figginsi, who live, you guessed it, in rocks. Scientists often come to the Exumas to study them. That’s how I met Elaine -she came to study the natural history of the Exumas with her citizen scientist friends. We spent a lovely afternoon getting to know each other.
I like to ride on the visitors’ shoes. I don’t get stepped on that way.
Here’s a couple of photos of my big lizard friends, the Exuma iguanas.
Well, I’ll wave my tail good-bye for now. Thanks for reading!