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  1. Suze

    Schools out. An eager volunteer who took it home for summer. Mom had different idea?

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  2. Judy

    Sure looks like a skink.

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    1. Kevin

      Just seems like a skink is darker and smoother, but you might be right….skink

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  3. Nana

    I am inclined to think it was someone’s household pet that either escaped or was turned loose once they felt the weather was warm enough.

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    1. Kevin

      Well, now I wish I had tried harder to capture it…

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  4. Sue Breslin

    Brown Anole
    Brown Anole brown lizard
    Anolis sagrei Photo Fiona Sunquist ©

    A long, slender, brown lizard, males reach 20 cm (8 in) long, females are smaller. Males have yellowish spots on the back, a ridge down the center of its back, and an orange to pale-yellow, white-edged dewlap or throat flap.

    Brown Anole throat fan Florida Photo Oliver Haligon ©

    Brown anoles were introduced to Florida from Cuban and the Bahamas and are now found throughout the state. They thrive in disturbed habitats, among ornamental plants and are common around buildings. Where brown anoles coexist with the native green anoles, you will usually see the brown anoles on the ground and the green anoles on the upper trunk and in the canopy of trees.

    Brown Anole head

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  5. Cindy

    I believe it’s a salamander.

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  6. Cindy Stahl

    I believe it’s a salamander.

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  7. MJ

    European Wall Lizard. Invasive species in the Cincy area that was introduced by someone who brought them from a vacation to Italy.

    Here’s a reference: https://wildlife.ohiodnr.gov/portals/wildlife/pdfs/publications/id%20guides/pub354_Reptiles-opt.pdf

    You might want to contact dnr, as they might want to track this species spread and/or try to collect to protect the native species

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    1. Kevin

      Hmm, second vote for common wall lizard, contacting DNR is an excellent idea, I’ll send them a photo and see if they think that is what it is.

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  8. Diane

    Not a salamander, they are black with spots and smooth.
    It looks more like it comes from a lizard family.

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    1. Kevin

      I tend to agree with you, Diane

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