Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
The Green Anole or that familiar lizard that we see running around our yards and on our houses are often referred to as the American Chameleon. They can change color to disguise themselves. They are native to Florida unlike the Brown Anole which is from Cuba. Their natural habitats are in warm and moist environments. They can attach themselves and run across just about anything because of the adhesive pads on their feet or (lamellae). The male can be distinguished from the female by the pinkish/reddish fan like flap of skin that is displayed below it’s neck. This display of it’s patch of skin is used to court females and to warn other males to stay away from it’s territory. Green Anoles eat insects and bugs. Their predators include birds, cats, snakes and people. It is not wise to keep them as pets. I like seeing them in the wild but not in my house or lanai because they leave their foul smelling droppings all over the place and you eventually see them shriveled up dead and have to remove and clean your rugs and floors.
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