I photographed about 100 or so Curly Tails during my 3 day visit.
Within 5 minutes of getting out of my car, I hit paydirt unexpectedly when I looked down and there was a large one! How lucky was that? I didn't even have my camera on me at the time, just my iPhone. But within 10 minutes I'd spotted several more lizards and I realized that I wasn't so lucky - it's just that there were an assload of Curly Tail Lizards living in the area.
After a few hours of photographing, it went from exitement to "oh, another one".... I was even passing up lizards that weren't in the best light or were in similar places to ones I'd already photographed.
On Day 2, I ran into another critter:
- Much larger and slower than the Northern Curly Tail, Knight Anoles are mostly tree dwellers that blend in exceptionally well. This could be why I spotted only about 10 of them. Knight Anoles don't have to be fast, really, because they just bite the hell out of you if you grab one... ask me how I know. Actually I was smart enough to let go of the critter when I saw it's wide open mouth going straight for my hand. It was like a slow motion thing where I saw a gaping mouth, white teeth and my hand...EMERGENCY RELEASE!
People sometimes confuse Knight Anoles with Green Iguanas so when they say they saw an "Iguana" well, maybe it was and maybe it wasn't. Truth be told, I only saw a single Green Iguana and that was on a palm tree in Deerfield Beach. I was driving at the time and couldn't stop to take a picture.
Photographing Invasive Lizards
It's difficult to photograph wildlife because there's little you can control. You have to go with available light and wherever the animal is when you spot it. If you're lucky and don't spook the critter, you may be able to get a decent shot. Zoom lenses are essential, obviously.
My tactic was to first practice a lot. I used the 'common to my hometown of Tampa area' Brown Anole as subjects (I normally take lots of local reptile pix so this wasn't a stretch to take more). These lizards are also an introduced species and have made their way into just about every part of Florida. I've even seen Brown Anoles up into central Georgia. Brown Anoles are small compared to Curly Tails and Knight Anoles which made it easier to photograph the latter when the opportunity presented itself.