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Jul 10, 2006

The Dahlia Inn

Baby green anole lizards "Iggle" and "Squiggle" checked into the Dahlia Inn for their summer vacaishe. I hear guest services inside the blossom are quite good.


The anerable pair of lizards inspired Michelle E. to more than just a series of lucious photos. She also decided to start an online store to support the Young Survival Coalition,  a foundation for young women with breast cancer.


"Ehn!" [leans out on tiny hand] "Oh concierge!"


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Wow. That's... cool.

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 08:37 AM

omg...I am changing my vacaishe plans right now!

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 08:38 AM

(gah... clicked "Post" before I was done...)

Anyway, excellent photography, unusual subject matter, and I love anoles! They eat mosquitoes, among other things, and they change colors like chameleons (but are basically limited to green & brown).

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 08:40 AM

I've heard of "boutique hotels." I guess this is a "bouquet hotel."

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 08:40 AM

ahhh...to be small enough to live in a flower. What a delicious luxury.

Yeah, anoles are quite cute--my sis had one and they are truly darling little lizardy guys.

A thinker
 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 08:41 AM

In other news, these photos are anole lot of fun.

A thinker
 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 08:43 AM

"Ehn!" [leans out on tiny hand] "Oh concierge!"

somehow, I envision a teeny 4-carat diamond ring on said tiny hand...

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 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 08:53 AM

"The Dahlia Inn" sounds tewtally like a decadent-Tennessee-Williams-kinda-place.

please, where to call for reservations?

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 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 08:55 AM


 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 08:57 AM

and man, the eye capsules! the eye capsules!

begging for a C.O. X-treme closeup(tm), I tells ya.

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 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 09:01 AM

Love 'em!

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 09:10 AM

Give that anole some buttered scones and tea, stat!

Yeah, the eye capsules are perfection!

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 09:16 AM

I have a bazillion of these little vacationers in my yard. They are cute!

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 09:18 AM

Lemura -- whereabouts do you live? I've seen these little dudes in the Florida Everglades (almost 20 years ago now).

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 09:24 AM

yanno, if these li'l fellers are Floorida residents, I *think* I've seen one in the Panama City area. cuter than all heck out. my niece (3 years old at the time) spent a good hour trying to catch it...

as all this was pre-C.O. I took pictures of her and not of the anole. [pout]

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 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 09:32 AM

I swear those little buggers are SMILING.

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 10:11 AM


I dwell in Austin, Texas, and the Anoles are plentiful here!

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 10:15 AM


 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 10:23 AM

We have TONNNNNNS of these little dudes in orlando fl at my vacation house! They're everywhere! They have these red flag-looking things that pop out of their throats when they get aggitated ..and don't ever try and pick one up by the tail! it'll just fall off and wiggle in yer hand and then grow back a few weeks later on mr. anole.. they're freakin' adorable :D

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 10:25 AM

Waaaaaah! All the sudden I am so sad to be leaving Florida, where every day I commune with zee leezards. Such lovely pics--and posh lizard vacation site.

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 10:32 AM

Lizards on Spring Break in Florida:
Jacques: Wake up, mon ami, we must scuttle down to zee beach.
Jean-Michel: Zut alors! My head. Eet ees aching from all zee frolicking we deed last night.
Jacques: But the jolies femmes, mon frere! Today ees zee filming pour Lizards Gone Wild. We cannot miss zees!
Do no ask why zees lizards are French. Zey just are.

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 10:35 AM

I thought lizards had british accents?!? I changed my car insurance because of one.

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 10:52 AM

Great Pic! Nice lizard!

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 10:58 AM

Lemura--howdy, neighbor! :-) I'm just a short drive from you in the Hill Country, in "That Little Town Named After The River That Passes Through It".

I have one fat, sassy male and several females who decided my plant-covered porch was a little slice of Heaven. At least once or twice a week I'll see Big Boy bobbing his head and flashing his bright red throat flap at all his greenskinned girlies. He'll even do it at me if I interrupt his macho muscle-flexing!


Denita TwoDragons
 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 11:24 AM

The Brit lizards go to Key West to party. The French lizards go to Miami.

Nigel: Hoy mate, get a move on.
Reg: Bugger off, mate. How did we get so cheesed last night?
Nigel: Bugger yerself, if you don't shake a tail we're gonna miss all the birds. Lizards gone Wild, lad!!

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 11:29 AM

So, how much did you save on your Geico insurance?

Old Horsetail Snake
 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 11:48 AM

Brenda -- coy grasshopper. Nice.

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 01:47 PM

Wow. Possibly the cutest picture of a lizard I've ever seen - admittedly a small category, but still!

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 01:51 PM

God. Now this is the cutest image I've seen all week. Shame on you for outcuting all my expectations!

The Guy Over There
 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 02:03 PM

Hooray for more central Texans (Lemura and Denita)! I'm in Austin, too.

I see these little guys sometimes, but I see a lot more of the little translucent geckos (they get in the house and I have to rescue them from the dog, who thinks they're his new "best toy ever.")

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 03:34 PM

These little guys were all over the place where I used to live, in south Georgia. They are charming - and great bug eradicators. They are apparently also tasty. Our cats thought so anyway.

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 03:44 PM

Somehow this seems very... design-y. I know that's not making any sense, but it's so PERFECT, the sleek lizard and the lovely creaminess of the flower.

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 04:06 PM

wow, invite me over. :)

A zookeeper
 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 04:20 PM


i live in houston so of course these guys are everywhere here too! ;-) sadly, i never knew what their specific name was. they used to get into our old house sometimes and my brother would try to catch them and let them out. a few tails were lost in this manner. XD

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 04:20 PM

Poor popular lizard - constantly followed by stalkers.

And I am enjoying this photo too - all of the subtle, gentle colors.

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 04:26 PM

We have so many in our yard this year! The DH loves it. He's wild about the little fellers. I tried to get a pic of two of them .. um .. making more the other day, but they were too fast for me. :)

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 04:56 PM

I didn't say .. I'm in central Louisiana.

 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 04:57 PM

CUUUUTE! We need more cute lizards on this Site!

Fish Eye no Miko
 |  Jul 10, 2006 at 07:31 PM

Central Texans are rep-rah-ZENTIN'! Hill country in da House, yo! ;-)

I watered my porch plants this morning and splashed one of Big Boy's girlfriends. She leveled an indignant reptilian stare at me before casually ambling off to lounge on a less-drenched leaf...


Denita TwoDragons
 |  Jul 11, 2006 at 08:15 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments about the photos. I really loved seeing these guys on my way in and out of the house everyday. This is the first year the Dahlia has bloomed and been so large. For an idea of the scale, the stalk was about an inch in diameter, the flower was about 7-8 inches in diameter at the base, and the entire plant is now over my 66 inch high head with three more buds.

Oh, and there are tons of skinks at our new house, so look for more reptile photos. What fun!

Michelle E.
 |  Jul 11, 2006 at 08:45 AM

Gotta love the rosy neck flap! If I were a lady lizard, I'd be impressed.

 |  Jul 11, 2006 at 10:06 AM

Great shots! I'll call it Thumbelina....

 |  Jul 11, 2006 at 10:07 AM

I used to live in Houston when I was little and we spent our time catching anoles and letting them go in the house so they would eat the roaches. If you live in Houston you understand about roaches, has nothing to do with clean!!

 |  Jul 11, 2006 at 12:55 PM

Zee snapshots do not show zee cabana boy serving lizard-sized drinks with umbrellas in them (which will appear on lizard-sized Dahlia Inn bill, upon check-out). Is it just me, or does the little guy look like he is about to yawn, in photo #1?? So sleepy. It's fragrant in here......must....crawl....out....before.....zzzzzz. See you next summer, Liz

Denise in Nebraska
 |  Jul 12, 2006 at 07:47 PM


Stephanie S.
 |  Jul 13, 2006 at 11:47 AM

I understand Houston roaches! and I understand "catching anoles" in Houston! I did the same thing! In Houston!

Stephanie S.
 |  Jul 13, 2006 at 11:49 AM

Houston, we have a roach problem...

 |  Jul 13, 2006 at 02:14 PM

LOL everyone just ship your anoles to Houston :)

 |  Jul 13, 2006 at 02:20 PM

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