Excerpts from Jim Conrad's
Naturalist Newsletter

from the May 19, 2008 Newsletter written in the community of 28 de Junio, in the Central Valley 8 kms east of Pujiltic, Chiapas, MÉXICO
about 800 meters in elevation, ± LAT. 16° 18'N, LONG. -92° 28'

Water from the community's spring has such a high carbonate content that the quarter-mile of rubbery tubing conducting water from the spring to the community clogs up every two or three days. Men have to walk the whole length, then, pounding the tubes with sticks, hoping that things will come unclogged. Sometimes days pass before water runs again.

Therefore when we have water I store buckets of it. It was in one of those buckets on my casita floor where this week I found a female Blue-spot Anole, NOROPS SERICEUS, lying at the water's bottom. She's below:

Blue-spot Anole, NOROPS SERICEUS

I felt awfully bad about her drowning. That anole had lived on my cement-block walls ever since I got here, always just minding her business and not even making loud croaks during the night the way my House Geckos do.

At first I thought she was a gecko because that's what I'm used to on house walls in this part of the world. But when I took a closer look I saw that her toes didn't bear rounded pads the way most gecko species do, plus the geckos I know aren't as long and slender as she. On the other hand, I remembered how Green Anoles used to populate my trailer's walls back during my Mississippi hermiting days so I figured she might be an anole. Jonathan Campbell's book, Amphibians and Reptiles of Northern Guatemala, the Yucatán and Belize, confirmed this. This one didn't have a fan beneath her chin, so I figured she was a female.

Campbell doesn't mention Blue-spotted Anoles living in houses, but he does say that the species is abundant in a number of habitats. Usually it's found on low bushes and shrubs, on tree trunks, or in leaf litter. He says that females lay single eggs over the course of the rainy season.

The species is distributed from northeastern Mexico to Costa Rica.