We found the Italian Wall Lizard, Podarcis siculus, in Connecticut, New York, and Boston. I’m anxious to learn more about the first lacertid in New England.
How did it get here? How many are here now? How might it interact with other species in the region? How does it survive our cold winters? Stay tuned here as we learn more.
News articles, blogs, and other stories about the lizards:
- The New York Times: Migrant Lizard, Having Made It in New York, Heads Elsewhere, by Jim Dwyer (August 26, 2016)
- The Greenwich Time: Italian Lizards Invade Greenwich, by Peregrine Frissell (July 24, 2016)
- The Beaker: A lizard from all the way across the Atlantic (July 16, 2015)
- Yale Peabody Museum, Online guide to Reptiles of CT: Podarcis sicula
- The Last Word on Nothing: The Lizards of Hastings-on-Hudson, by Ben Goldfarb (Jan 21, 2016).
Recent peer-reviewed publications:
- Donihue et al. 2014. Podarcis sicula: The first population found in New England. Geographical Distribution Notes. [PDF]
- Donihue et al. 2015. Podarcis sicula (Italian wall lizard) habitat invasion of suburban New England. [PDF]
- Goldfarb et al. Accepted. Podarcis sucula (Italian Wall Lizard). USA: New York: Westchester Co.: Hastings-on-Hudson. Geographical Distribution Record. Herpetological Review.
- Lambert et al. In review. Podarcis siculus (Italian Wall Lizard). Habitat, Invasion of suburban Westchester County, New York. Herpetological Review.
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