If you’ve ever wanted to go on a field trip through thick Caribbean forests in search of the endangered St. Croix ground lizard, this is your ticket. The lizard doesn’t live on St. Croix anymore, because it was hunted to extinction by introduced mongooses. But the lizard does life on surrounding islands, and Dr. Nicole Angeli is on a mission to help them survive and thrive.
Dr. Angeli, known to all as the Lizard Lady, has to use all her senses to find these tiny, secretive reptiles. When she captures one, she takes it to her shack where she can weigh it and make observations. Then she carefully returns the lizard to the spot she found it.
What I like about this book: the list of things the Lizard Lady carries with her when she heads off on a hike! Waaay more than a notebook and pen. I also like the back matter. There’s information and maps showing St. Croix and the surrounding islands in the Caribbean. There’s additional information on the St. Croix lizard and its adaptation, as well as the invasive mongoose. And there’s a great bio-note on Dr. Angeli.
St. Croix lizards are just one of many threatened and endangered reptile species. Head over to Archimedes Notebook to find out more about Komodo dragons (not dragons at all) and other cool reptiles.
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