Green Anole

Anolis carolinensis

Description:  Large males can reach a total length of 8 in., while females are typically smaller. They have the ability to change color from brown to green. Breeding males are often green with a nearly black ear patch. Males possess a large, pink-colored, extendable piece of skin on their throats called a dewlap.

Region:  North Carolina to Key West Florida west to south east Oklahoma and central Texas.

Habitat:  This species is strongly arboreal. It favors tall native grasses, shrubs, and trees.

Diet:
Wild: small insects
Zoo: crickets, waxworms, and mealworms.

Reproduction: A single egg is laid at 14-17 day intervals throughout the warm months of the year.

Fun Fact: These lizards were often referred to as chameleons due to their ability to change color.