Observation 20628: Agaricomycetes Doweld

I have only included these images as a matter of interest, (Debbie?) The reason being was that whilst I was quietly photographing another fungi this snake (or legless lizard?) appeared and started taking aggressive bites out of the deteriorating fungi in the images shown. I think a good identification of the reptile is the end section of the tail. It is decidedly different to the rest of the body. The forked tongue was bright purple\blue, but the image I have of the extended tongue is not sharp.
The lizard was about a meter and a half, (about 4 foot plus.),and the body thickness was about the size of an average mans index finger.. Because the reptile has ear cavities I feel fairly certain that it is a legless lizard.
If anyone is interested I will attempt to get an identification.(of the lizard) As a matter of interest I did’nt identify the fungi, but they were quite common and most were deteriored to the degree that the caps were enveloping the stipes and were very gelatenous. I did not take the image of the fungi for identification. It was only included to show the lizard had actually taken bites out of it. The images are for interest only. I will destroy the file eventually.
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ah, a bit more behavior to speculate on…
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-04-26 23:14:58 CDT (-0400)

looks like the lizard has actively created a “mousehole”, to wait for prey to take the most obvious exit; or, perhaps, he’ll just enter and hunt the pore surfaces directly. very cool observation. is there more?

Feed for thought.

To whet the appetite I have added another image to tell the story. That is part of my photography that I try to achieve. To make the viewer imagine , provoke thoughts and surmise. You did all of this Deb!


Noah, You could be right about the delicacies in the cap. The lizard was really aggressive in his\her mannerisms. The biting action and digestion of the fungi was rather surprising considering the size of the lizard and a fixed supply,

fungus eating lizards? unlikely.
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2009-04-26 21:28:42 CDT (-0400)

were there insects or maggots on your dying bolete? that seems a more likely meal for a carnivorous fellow like this.

The only lizards that I know of that are vegetarians (or at least eat plants and maybe fungi as part of their diet) are chuckwallas and iguanas. Tortoises eat fungi, too. But a legless lizard? Maybe incidentally to an insect capture? Or did your bolete smell like meat gone bad?

You mentioned agression, could it have displaced aggression towards you onto the bolete, or in defense of nearby nest or young, or well-producing, insect attracting food source? Very interesting. Thanks for sharing with us!

By: Noah Siegel (Noah)
2009-04-26 21:23:08 CDT (-0400)

I would imagine that it is eating maggots or flies that are attracted to the rotting mushroom…

I think that the lizard is a Delma sp

Don’t delete the file…
By: Christian (Christian Schwarz)
2009-04-26 21:15:04 CDT (-0400)

This is ecologically interesting! I have never heard of reptiles consuming fungi before (or even biting them).

As for the reptile, I think as Ian said, the external ears point to legless lizard.

It’s a lizard
By: Gerhard Koller (Gerhard)
2009-04-26 20:10:59 CDT (-0400)

I am sure … and the fungi seems to be a bolete in final stage of decay but as pointed out below we need a hymenium shot of it

How about…
By: Johannes Harnisch (Johann Harnisch)
2009-04-26 20:05:23 CDT (-0400)

any photo of the under side of the cap, is there gills, pores,?

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