Lizards Are Active Here In The Ouachitas
I start seeing and photographing Lizards here in the Ouachitas of Arkansas in March. I have seen some in February if it warms up enough for them to come out of hibernation. I have a wooden deck that they like to sun on and I have to be careful to not step on them.
The Prairie Lizard and the Green Anole are the most common Lizards I see here in my area. They are both easy to photograph because they let you get close.
How I Got The Shot - Prairie Lizard
I was hand holding my Canon EOS 7D Mark II with the Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens. I was shooting in aperture priority mode (AV) with a shutter speed of 1/1000 of a second at f7.1 and the ISO at 800. White Balance was set on auto. I was using single point, continuous auto focus with evaluative metering.
I read something interesting in reference to Prairie Lizards (Eastern Fence Lizard) and Fire Ants:
Within the past 70 years, according to a study published in 2009, eastern fence lizards in parts of their range have adapted to have longer legs and new behaviors to escape the red imported fire ant, which can kill the lizard in under a minute. Red imported fire ants threaten eastern fence lizards because they occupy their microhabitats causing mortality or relocation. Moreover, according to a study published in 2016, artificial eastern fence lizard nests were shown to be vulnerable to predation by red imported fire ants, resulting in nonviability of the eggs. (Wikipedia)