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Hancock Park Home to Green Anole Lizards

Male anole with extended dewlap, used to court females and to exert dominance over territory.

If property values haven’t been escalating fast enough for you…have no fear. Hancock Park is featured in a KCET story as the “thriving” home to an established population of green anole lizards. That should help to stoke demand from families with young children and dreams of adventure.

The green anole lizard is typically found in the southeast. Dr. Greg Pauly, curator of herpetology at the Natural History Museum, was alerted to the lizards and made the trek to Hancock Park to see them for himself. When Pauly arrived, the little reptiles showed up to lay claim as the first confirmed established population of this common reptile in LA County.

Pauly’s discovery is a part of the Natural History Museum’s popular RASCals (Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California)┬ácitizen science program. The program is a great way for scientists to engage local students in the nature that is all around us – even in our great big city.

I am pretty sure my son’s friend Jesse lost 2 or 3 of these green lizards more than 10 years ago on Lucerne. Perhaps this colony near the Wilshire Country Club can be traced back to Larchmont Village? Stay tuned…

In the mean time, read more about the findings below:

KCET – Scientists Find New Lizard Population in L.A. Neighborhood

Natural History MuseumGreen Anoles in Hancock Park!
photo credit: Andreanna Moya Photography via photopin cc

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Mary has lived in the Hancock Park area for over 20 years - including homes in Larchmont Village and Windsor Square. Mary has lived in some great places in her life - but none compare to the convenience and majesty of our neighborhood. For Mary, the neighborhood has been a wonderful home to her large, extended one time she had family members living on seven different Hancock Park area blocks! Larchmont Buzz is a labor of love - built to celebrate the neighborhood and to elevate the conversation in the area.

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