How do I capture & safely moveyard lizards to another house?

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I’ve lots of little lizards (in the central US, where we have extremes in weather) and I like them because they eat bugs.

I want to safely capture some and give them to a friend for his yard.

Some are lime green and slender and some are big fat & brown. Two different species? Or genders?


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  • Gk Gk on Jun 11, 2020

    You can look up what kinds of lizards you have on the internet and you will learn what they need for their habitat. If your friend has the same type of habitat as you do it should be ok to move them--if not--leave them behind. You could add a picture here and someone will probably know what species of lizards you have. You can pick them up with gloves and put them in a five gallon bucket to move them. No lid. I have salamanders that like to dwell in my basement window wells but I move them in the fall before winter to the swamp across my yard where they came from!

  • You may want to check with local wildlife experts in your area.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Jun 11, 2020

    I can’t pick them up, they run and dart into my limestone garden walls and other places.

    I need to safely trap them.

    Yes, my friend lives in another rural area 40 miles from here. They will be fine.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 11, 2020

    Hi Lifestyles: First of all, make sure that it's legal for you to catch a lizard in your particular area. ... Do not attempt to catch wild lizards with your hands. Here's a site that may help: https://www.wikihow.com/Catch-a-Wild-Lizard-and-Hold-It Good luck

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Jun 11, 2020
    Hi this is Peggy. Yes the lizards are good for eating bugs. I would move them in a shoe box with holes (small). Hope this helps you give a great gift to a friend. Search Results


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    Aug 20, 2019 - Here I will tell you exactly how to safely capture and hold a wild lizard. ... I like to put large, flat rocks with some room under them in my garden to ... Feel free to catch multiple lizards, but do not put different species in the same container. ... A newly caught lizard may not move much at first but should begin to ...

  • Different species. Hard to tell gender as they lay eggs and are not mammals. Great question. I have hundreds of them too. In my case I can catch them. But it would be a project. Some come around begging for a handout and crawl up my legs. Have a few where dogs in the neighborhood chomped half their tails off. None of this helps you though. See if this does:


    https://www.hunker.com/12544056/how-to-build-your-own-lizard-trap


    So sweet of you to help out your friend.


    If all else fails, gather up the kids in the neighborhood and pay them 25 cents for every lizard they catch.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jun 12, 2020

    I would have to rely on neighborhood kids to catch them. Here is a step by step on some of the "How To's":


    https://www.wikihow.com/Catch-a-Lizard

  • Allison Allison on Jun 12, 2020

    If your friend doesn't have lizards, then he doesn't have food for them. They go where they can survive. Does he use insecticides? If so, you will move them there just to die. If he doesn't, they'll come on their own.

  • Linda Linda on Jun 12, 2020

    I have a whole colony of albino lizards on my front porch. I would like to relocate most of them too so I cannot wait to see how this works.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jun 12, 2020

    you can catch and remove them but more will come back- they go to the food sources and are not harmful but actually eat bugs

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jun 12, 2020

    The green ones are likely Carolina lizards and the brown ones Bahaman. You can catch them and put them in a jar and get them to a friend, but there is no guarantee they will stay at his home.

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Jun 12, 2020

    Try set up traps but there are probably hundreds you could try a Exsterminator then they will spray and it will keep them at bay.