Date: 8/12/17 4:25 am From: Paul Dickson <Paul...> Subject: Re: [LABIRD-L] Interesting Greater Roadrunner
William and LABIRD: I am very interested by what the roadrunner you photographed has captured. It appears to be a gecko. This exotic lizard invaded north Louisiana about 15 years ago. Roadrunners that I have seen in north Louisiana are almost always associated with post oak-pine forest, usually at mid succession stage. They also show up in a few suburban situations but in Shreveport, have not persisted. In the dry post oak-pine forest another species present is Eastern Fence Lizard. I hypothesize that lizard presence is necessary and particularly Fence Lizard. The suburban Road Runners that I have known of in Shreveport were seen eating Green Anole and House Sparrow. If they can establish a population based on the food source of geckos, they may proliferate in the suburbs getting close to houses. This one sure seems comfortable around humans.
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