An update on the Italian Wall Lizards in Boston

After being gone for all of May I was very eager to get out to the Fenway Victory Gardens to see how the Italian Wall Lizards were doing. We discovered the population last year but this far north we were really not sure whether they’d make it through the winter. Just before the Bahamas trip reports … More An update on the Italian Wall Lizards in Boston

Italian Wall Lizards in Connecticut!

Exciting news! There’s a new lizard species making its way into New England. It is called Podarcis sicula (the Italian Wall Lizard), and it’s officially in Greenwich CT, just over the New York state border. I’ve been down to visit the area half a dozen times now looking to see where the lizards are and in … More Italian Wall Lizards in Connecticut!

An Italian lizard on a wall

One of the mind-blowing advantages of living in Paris for the year is being able to take a short flight or train ride to another country! My wife and I have been fortunate to do quite a bit of traveling this year but we hadn’t made it to Italy yet. With the year winding down … More An Italian lizard on a wall

More Lizards in New England

Among my favorite emails to get are blurry snapshots of a mysterious lizard crawling across someone’s patio/deck/kitchen floor. This year has provided a bumper crop of lizard sightings in New England and I’ve been really happy to ID and introduce folks to their new lizard neighbors. Keep the emails coming! (colindonihue {at} I’ve been … More More Lizards in New England

There are lizards in Boston!

I was keeping this under wraps while I was publishing the new finding and trying to pitch the story to local journalists. I’m giving a talk to the New England Herp Society this afternoon though so I think it’s time to tell you all about Boston’s newest “Green Monster” – Italian Wall Lizards! As you may remember, I’ve … More There are lizards in Boston!

Another search for Greenwich Lizards

I just returned from another trip down to Greenwich looking for Italian Wall Lizards. They’re still there and going strong! Right now we’re trying to find new populations and figure out just how far up the coast they’ve made it. As near as we can tell, so far, their northernmost extent seems to be right around the … More Another search for Greenwich Lizards

More leads on lizards in CT

This weekend a great article about the Italian Wall Lizards in Greenwich was published in the Greenwich Time. Give it a look here. Thanks to Peregrine Frissell for the interview. I’m excited because new tips are starting to roll in about lizards in Southern CT and New York. It turns out lizard diversity in the area … More More leads on lizards in CT

Lizards in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

About 10 days remaining before the defense! I passed in a complete dissertation draft on Friday and now I’m plugging away at the defense presentation itself. I’ll be posting details about how to log in to the live-stream of the defense at the end of this week, but before that I want to share this story with … More Lizards in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY