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GREEN ANOLE

While hiking the Buncombe Hill nature trail in Tiger Bay State Forest I spotted this green anole on a saw palmetto frond.

Anolis carolinensis - Green Anole

Fifteen or twenty years ago I would only see these Florida native anoles in very remote wild places. But they appear to be making a comeback and are now once again seen more frequently both in the wild and in more human populated areas. I even saw one in our yard recently, where we normally only see the non-native brown anoles or the invasive Mediterranean geckos. Of the 7 or 8 species of Anoles found in Florida, the green anole is the only undisputed native.
Green anoles may vary their body color from green to brown depending upon their surroundings, mood, temperature or health, but they are not chameleons, as they are sometimes called.
Found in various habitats throughout Florida and the southeastern coastal plain from Oklahoma and Texas to North Carolina. Anolis carolinensis used to be the most common anole in Florida, however the brown anole is now more frequent in some areas, most noticeably in urban and suburban habitats of the central and southern peninsula.
Green anoles are slender, seven to eight inches long with a long wedge-shaped snout and long thin tail. Body is white below and the males have a pink dew lap that can be extended from below the throat to signal adversaries and potential mates.

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