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Green Anole
Green Anole
Reptile. Though they are not chameleons, green anoles (ah-NO-lees) have the ability to change color. Naturally bright green, they can also turn yellow, brown, gray, or a color in-between. These lizards make no sounds and are generally 13-20 cm (5-8 in) long. They live in trees but also forage on the ground. The males are a little larger than the females. Also, males have a pink flap of skin hanging in an arc below their necks called a “dewlap” which they show off to attract females or scare away other males. They will also do push-ups and bob their heads in display. Sticky feet help anoles climb on and cling to almost anything.
Scientific Name Lifespan
Anolis carolinensis 2-3 years
Carnivore. Spiders and other insects, including grubs, moths, crickets, and cockroaches.
Predators and Threats
Birds of prey, cats, snakes, and occasionally people who are not careful with them.
Tree dwellers, they are found on Caribbean islands and in the southeastern United States. They need shade, moisture, and greenery.