Unlike the three other Anolis species known to be in Bermuda, the common blue Jamaican, the Warwick or Antiguan and the Barbados, this one is primarily a terrestrial species, the rest being arboreal or tree dwelling, Mr Starling said.The endemic Bermuda skink, already at critically low populations, is also a primarily terrestrial species, so this new lizard poses a much bigger threat to it than the others did.In November 2009 an observant Bermuda beekeeper noticed an unexpected and new bee parasite in a sample of bees and comb removed from a feral (wild) hive.The parasite was confirmed to be Varroa mite, (Varroa destructor) arguably the most destructive pest to the beekeeping industry and the one that has also been proposed as one of the several stressors that may be contributing to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).Protected species include Bermuda does not have alligators, badgers, buffalo, chipmunks, crocodiles, deer, ferrets, giraffes, hedgehogs, lions, moles, mongooses, moose, raccoons, skunks, snakes, squirrels, stoats, tigers, weasels or zebras.A recent attempt to bring in skunks for domestic purposes was defeated.2017. Bermudas latest lizard arrival, the brown anole, appears to be thriving but is prompting concern over the islands endangered natives.Bermuda's new Protected Species Act 2003 became law on 1st March 2004.
Today, most of the island's beekeepers belong to BBA. Local folklore says a teaspoon of Bermuda honey taken with tea is a powerful aphrodisiac.The unwelcome development is the latest of many threats to the endemic skink, which are easily trapped and killed by discarded bottles and cans.Skinks are also at jeopardy from storms, as well as predation from other invasive species such as cats and rats. Local honey is very expensive compared to imported varieties but is lovely.The lizards, first seen in 2014 and recently spotted on the grounds of Aberfeldy Nursery in Paget, are suspected to have arrived from Florida.One of that states most abundant lizards, the anole arrived there from the Caribbean, where it is native to the Bahamas and Cuba.