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Green Anole

Description: The anole is a slender and small lizard, usually growing to be about three inches (excluding tail). Some may grow up to five inches. They are able to change colors from green to brown when on different surfaces. But the brown coloring is usually a sign of stress. Happy healthy anoles will be a nice bright green.

All anoles have a dewlap which is usually tucked in, but, when flared, is a vibrant orange. Anoles flare their dewlaps to frighten predators, show other lizards that they are in their territory, and attract mates.

Anoles have the same rotating eyes of a chameleon. This often makes them look very inquisitive.

Their tails form about half the length of their body and sometimes longer. If they lose their tail they are able to generate a new one.

They can be very fast and are excellent climbers, jumpers, and hunters. The anole does not have a long sticky tongue like a frog. It dives for its food.

Often described as a beginner pet, I disagree. The green anole is fairly easy to take care of, but it must be provided with a decent sized terrarium and have the correct amount of heat, food, etc.. It’s not the type of pet you handle, as it is fragile and tends to be very skittish.

The green anole lives in the wild in places like Florida and Louisiana. They are readily available in most pet stores, though they are often kept in unhealthy conditions being almost always overcrowded and starved.

Food: C
rickets with proper calcium supplement should be the staple of the diet. Anoles also eat mealworms, earthworms, and waxworms. All food should be the proper size - generally not larger than the lizards head. For drink, the anoles should not only be provided with a small bowl/pool of dechlorinated water, but also be spritzed with this two times a day (in the morning and evening). This will help with the humidity, but the lizards will also lap up the droplets.

Set Up:
Anoles prefer a climate that is more dry than wet. But they should have decent amount of humidity. My two anoles have done well in a twenty gallon long terrarium with a screen lid. The ground is made up of smooth natural colored pebbles and they have a variety of branches from outside (that were soaked in hot water and cleaned before being added to their cage!) and some silk leaves and plants for decorations. In one corner of their terrarium they have a small log-shaped bowl of water which I got from a pet store.

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