GARDEN CRITTERS – ANOLES

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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