there are only three lizards in it right now - they are the hardy pioneers, the ones forging the way and risking their necks for the ones to come. most kinks are worked out, and i am waiting for a shipment to my pet shop to get some more. Eventually i will have 10-12 in there. I'm hoping they make babies.
the lizards are anoles.
you can read lots of good info about anoles here:http://www.anapsid.org/
they are pretty small, and a little shy. they change color, through a range of greens and browns.
the plants are mostly from the grocery store run by asian people on my way home from work - i'm not really sure what many of them are, but most of them are faring well. the ivy is growing visibly from day to day. the stuff on the second tier is not doing so hot; one of the cactuses is a goner for sure.
the bromeliad up above i got from a fancy-pants plant store. it's blooming for the second time now.
there are two ports in the lid of the tank where i pour water into a drip system i made. i feed them mostly crickets, although this weekend i went to the pet store and came home with a backpack full of several different kinds of bugs. They've all been laying about fat and contented ever since. i've become a bugkeeper in addition to a lizardkeeper, but i'm pretty pleased with my setup.
this is the smaller of my two males. he's always a little sad because the one chick in the tank doesn't want to be his girlfriend. The two males had some chest-thumping early on but this one seems to have settled down into a secondary role.
His name is Hedwig because he has a stripe down his back, which typically is only seen in females or juveniles. When I first got them I saw him do his display a bunch of times. What they do when they display: they have a flap of skin on their throat called a dewlap. He'll stick it out and bob his head up and down (kind of like he's doing push-ups). They'll do it to each other in anger, or to a female to attract her attention. I saw Hedwig do it repeatedly to his reflection in the gazing ball, and i swear once or twice he did it to me.