New lizard in town at Gardens by the Bay
Caribbean native, the brown anole, spotted at Gardens by the Bay
A new foreign talent has settled at Marina Bay: a small brown lizard called a brown anole from the Caribbean.
The pencil-length reptiles are likely to have arrived on shipments of plants for Gardens by the Bay, said researchers who first observed these lizards sunning themselves and courting potential mates there last October.
But will brown anoles cause trouble for native species? The National Parks Board (NParks) is monitoring them to see what their impact on other creatures and plants might be.
Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research scientific officer Tammy Lim, 25, was at Gardens by the Bay last October waiting for colleagues for an outing when she saw a brown anole and snapped a photo of it, before seeing others nearby.