GARDEN CRITTERS – ANOLES

December 11, 2019


How much do you know about these ubiquitous lizards? The green anole is our only native species. Read about their competition for lizard supremacy in your landscape.
UF/IFAS Sites
Cuban Brown Anole, Anolis sagrei -- 4-H Forest Resources
Green Anole, Anolis carolinensis -- 4-H Forest Resources
UF/IFAS Publications
Cuban Brown Anole -- The Invader Updater, Winter 2011 (pdf)
Nonnative Reptiles in South Florida: Identification Guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decades ago the little bright green lizards, which can quickly change their skin color to brown as a defense strategy, were very common. However, over the years the more aggressive Cuban anoles, native to Cuba and the islands, seem to be the dominant type by a factor of 500 to 1. I’m always encouraged when I spot one of the sweet wrongly but commonly called “chameleons”. In the past few months I’ve seen quite a few of them including the fellow in the photo below:

 

A GREEN THOUGHT FROM RUSSEL PAGE (Look him up !)
“If you wish to make anything grow, you must understand it, and understand it in a very real sense. ‘Green fingers’ are a fact, and a mystery only to the unpracticed. But green fingers are the extensions
of a verdant heart.”

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