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The Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
can be found in abundance in the southeastern United
States of America. They are also quite common in some
of the northern Caribbean countries. It is also referred
to as the Carolina Anole, American
Anole and even the American Chameleon. They are not
chameleons at all, but do in fact have color changing
Green Anoles are a small to medium
size lizards with the males reaching 22 cm, and the
females reaching 16 cm. Their color ranges from bright
green to a dark brown. Similar colors are seen in both
the male and female as well. The bright green color
can result from proper temperatures, calm demeanors
and low stress levels. When Green Anoles
are frightened or stressed, they will turn darker shades
of green then darker shades of brown. Female Green Anoles
will also have a white line down the middle of their
back. These lizards will also have a bright green or
almost blue ring around their eyes.
The male Green Anole has a dewlap,
which is extended around other males for territorial
purposes, or used during courtship to attract the female.
When these displays are occuring, the Green Anole will
also bob their heads up and down, and lift their bodies
up and down as well.
Read this Green
Anole Care Sheet for captive care information
for these lizards.
Anole Pictures show you what these small
lizards look like.