Saturday, August 6, 2011

Green Anole

Often mistaken for chameleons, the green anole is a tree-dwelling lizard that is native to the southeastern United States and Caribbean islands. Green anoles are also found in warm climates throughout North and South America.

Often seen in parks and residential areas on walls, fences, trees, and low bushes, green anoles reach a maximum length of six to eight inches. Their bodies are slender, with a long, thin tail. Like true chameleons, green anoles have the ability to change color; this ability is limited in anoles, however--coloration is usually green, yellow, brown, gray, or a mixture. Most healthy, non-threatened anoles are bright green in appearance. The male anole has a large pink fan of skin on its neck, called a dewlap, which can be extended for courtship or territorial display.

Active and agile creatures, anoles have specially adapted pads on their feet which permit them to climb, cling, and run on virtually any surface. Another adaptation of the anole is its extremely fragile tail which drops off its body when grabbed, allowing the anole to escape from predators; in time, the anole will regrow a new (although generally shorter) tail. Anoles feed on small insects such as crickets, cockroaches, spiders, moths, and grubs.

I spotted this green anole at the Sabal Palm Sanctuary near Brownsville, Texas.

Green Anole

Information courtesy of Wild Texas.


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

We have anoles in Florida -- on our porch and patio and often (accidentally) in our house -- they seem very curious about what's happening inside tht screen door. Good shot!

Sylvia K said...

I've never seen one of those! Cute little green bugger, isn't he?! Great shot, Sally! Hope your weekend is going well!


Kay L. Davies said...

Would be a useful little friend to have, eating insects and all that. Kinda cute, in its own way, isn't it?
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Gaelyn said...

Very cool looking, and different than the chameleon I saw in South Africa except for color.