When I was a child I was fascinated by the little bright green lizards that ran around my grandparents' rear boardwalk, crawled up the sides of the wooden cistern, and often found their way inside the house.
We called them chameleons because they could change color to match their background. Today I recognize them as "Carolina Anoles" (Anolis carolinensis).
They still fascinate. Below is a photo of one of several I encountered on the Hammock Hills Nature Trail recently.
Our most recent Ocracoke Newsletter is a compilation of humorous stories told by or about islanders. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news092113.htm.