The Mediterranean Gecko has been in Shreveport since the mid 20th century. They started out near the warehouses along Linwood Ave. near 62nd St. I first saw them in south Broadmoor in the mid 1990's. They are nocturnal, so I wonder if they are important to the Roadrunners.
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> On Aug 12, 2017, at 2:43 PM, bill fontenot <natrldlite...> wrote:
> in 1978-81 Lydia & i lived in a 1965 1 BR aluminum house trailer tucked in the woods just west of Rocky Branch (Union parish).....we were freaked to discover that our "backyard" was on a roadrunner's regular hunting route....we saw him just about every day for each of those 3 years.....the woods were poor open-canopied shortleaf pine/hardwood mix....was cool to see him come into breeding color each spring....no geckos up there back then; but the place was crawlin' ( heh) with n. fence lizards...
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>> On Aug 12, 2017, at 6:23 AM, Paul Dickson <Paul...> wrote:
>> 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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