Are there lizards in Myrtle Beach?
As real estate agents in the Myrtle Beach and The Grand Strand area, we often receive routine questions from prospective homeowners regarding housing, neighborhoods, schools, weather, etc. However, this question from a lady in Europe took us by surprise.
Q: Are there lizards in Myrtle Beach?
A: Myrtle Beach is known worldwide for its sun, sand, surfing, fun, dining, nightlife, golf and entertainment, but not for its lizards.
Yes, Myrtle Beach has lizards. Mainly “lizards”, but also a healthy population of green lizards and other small, harmless species of lizards. There are no large iguanas or iguanadids like those found in South Florida, the Caribbean, and other tropical areas.
Myrtle Beach has a moderate seasonal climate that supports a wide range of plants and animals, including lizards.
Green anoles are very common in this area, so common in fact that after a while they are hardly noticeable. Anoles are cold-blooded reptiles and can often be seen basking in the warm Myrtle Beach sun. They rarely grow more than 5-6 “and change color from a brownish gray to a bright lime green. They are really very pretty in the bright green state and the males are spectacular when they show off to the lizards by spreading their vermilion throat. Fan.
Most locals in the Myrtle Beach area consider it good luck to have an anole or two hanging around their deck or back door. They earn a welcome by consuming massive amounts of flies, mosquitoes, bugs, and other creepy crawlers.
They are actually quite harmless and a beneficial part of our environment. When we were kids we used to catch them and let them chew on our earlobes (no, it doesn’t hurt and they don’t break the skin because they don’t have teeth, just rough, rough lips). Then we would go inside with 5 “live lizard earrings and” scare “our moms.
Although not as common as anoles, you may occasionally see a blue-tailed skink in the shadows or a six-line runner in the sand while visiting Myrtle Beach. Myrtle Beach is also home to the largest lizard in North America, the American alligator. Warning! Don’t hang baby alligators from your earlobes.
Yes, someone actually asked this question. They were severely affected by scoliodenthosaurophobia (fear of lizards) and did not want to live in an area that had lizards. By the way, the only state in the US that doesn’t have lizards is Alaska.
So, if you suffer from scoliodenthosaurophobia, Myrtle Beach may not be the best place to move or invest in a vacation home. However, if you can tolerate a few anoles, a nasty lizard or two, and the occasional crocodile, The Grand Strand is a wonderful place to live, retire, and invest.