I have been a little put on edge by them as I'm not fond of any animals or reptiles.I don't know if these lizards are the same ones, but we've been a home to this type of lizard for several years now. And they always choose the same part of our yard to live in.
I had to laugh when I read this on Wikipedia "Its natural habitats are Mediterranean-type shrubby vegetation, rocky areas, rocky shores, sandy shores, rural gardens, pastureland, plantations and urban areas." They actually do live by the rocks in my yard, and on my patio.
The story behind these Italian Wall Lizards is quite fascinating. Several years ago in the 1950s or 60s it is rumored that a local pet store at 21st and Gage either released these lizards in Topeka, or the lizards escaped. Whatever the purpose behind it, the lizards appear to be well established in my backyard some 50 years later. You can read more about it at Alien Lizards of Topeka, KS.
Gabriel's lizard, Mr. M. lives in the back door of our home that we never use. The screen door doesn't seal completely, so we keep a towel in it to block the weather. I think he finds it quite cozy. This lizard is also really shy. He is very inquisitive, but holds back. You will commonly find him peeking his head out of the crack where the step meets the house. He will rarely show his entire body to us unless he's seeking refuge in between the two doors.
Geode, the lizard with the tail that appears to be cut off or not fully grown is very friendly. He likes to come right up to you if you sit very still. The minute you move, he will run away. This has freaked me out on multiple occasions.
When Zechariah or the kids play outside in the backyard, I love to join them by reading a book. I normally will sit on the steps in front of our back doors. However, the longer the lizards have lived with us, the more adventurous they seem to become. I don't move around a lot, so periodically I find a lizard right at my feet or perching right behind me. I have since taken to sitting on a chair. I can ignore the rustle in the grass much better when I know I am elevated and don't have to worry that I might place a hand on top of a LIZARD.
For all those people who complain that Topeka is boring, we have intrigue and mystery all around us. I have exotic lizards living in my backyard acting as pets to my children.
How awesome is that?