Everyday for the last couple of weeks, I would go outside to feed my horse and then power walk up and down the length of my parents property while listening to whatever my iPod played. I would do this for thirty minutes to slightly over an hour. Right as I would be getting ready to head inside, I would look over a series of PVC pipes that sit in the corner. On the outside of and within the pipes would be various tree frogs just hanging out. A part of me wanted to believe that the frogs were there because it was warm, but the problem with that is you cannot feel the heat from the flood lights which are right above this corner and it is the middle of the winter. As maybe some of you can imagine, I was slightly confused as to why they hung out on something that probably was not the warmest of materials in the winter (lows around 45 degrees at night).
To top off this story of mine, just the other day there was another guest at the PVC Hotel. I had to look for this other guest and I got very excited when I spotted him: a green anole. Big whop, right? Well, I got excited about seeing this little guy as the brown anoles from Cuba are faster than the Florida native species and therefore are breading and eating the green anole populations out of their territories. As a result, I hardly ever see the native green anole. So, as far as I was concerned there was a reason to get excited.
“I saw a green anole, I saw a green anole, I saw a green anole, I saw a green anole!”
(Ahem) Any ways…..This poem came out of me seeing the tree frogs and the gren anole hanging out around the PVC at night. Here’s:
The Gang at PVC Hotel.
Hiding within white PVC pipes under flood lights, large slit eyes of emerald and jade stare outward; tree frogs. Sudden movement-- heavily muscled hind legs slide their forms down the pipe out of sight, out of danger or so they hoped. Up higher, less visible than his amphibian counterparts; a green anole. What a rare treat to see one such as him, out competed by his brown cousins.
Thank you for reading! 😀 If you were wondering about my little cheer above, yes I thought it was necessary. To me green anoles are something to celebrate over.
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