The Knight Anole is also commonly referred to
as the Cuban Night Anole, or simply the Night
Anole, and the two spellings (knight and night) are
used interchangeably. The scientific name of this species
of lizard is Anolis equestris.
As its name suggests, the Cuban Night Anole
is from Cuba. It has been introduced and spread throughout
the southern regions of Florida as well. When these
lizards are adults, they will reach lengths of
15 to 20 inches, making them the largest of the anole
Cuban Night Anoles are diurnal, but tend to
hunt into the night as well while obtaining heat from
low rock surfaces. Their diet consists mainly of insects
while young, but as they grow they will eat small mammals
and other lizards.
Along with being the largest species, they are also
the most aggressive and territorial. Male Cuban Night
Anoles will rise up as high as it can, bob their
heads, extend their dewlaps,
and open their mouths wide in an attempt to intimidate
their enemy. Females puff up their bodies when threatened.
The Cuban Night Anole is a very hardy lizard to keep
as a pet. Take care of it with this Kight
Anole Care Sheet.
Take a peek to see what these lizard look like with