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The Green Anole
(Anolis carolinensis) is one of the most commonly
kept pet lizards. They are very easy to provide care
for and are excellent for beginner lizard keepers. A
full life for a Green Anole will only be about 2 to
4 years. Green Anoles are also commonly referred to
as Carolina Anoles, American Anoles, Red-Throated Anoles
and American Chameleons.
Learn more about the natural characteristics and behavior
of the Green
Anole in the Wild.
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What do Green Anoles eat?
Will mainly eat feeder insects: crickets,
(teboworms), flies, even earthworms. Some will eat small
pieces of fruit (banana, oranges, etc.). Mist the enclosure
twice a day, as they will drink the mist off the leaves.
You can also use a drip system. Some may learn to drink
from a shallow dish.
Lighting, Temperature & Humidity
Keep the temperature during the day around 77 degrees
F to 86 degrees F. At night, the temperature should
be kept around 65 degrees F to 74 degrees F. A broad-spectrum
heat bulb, and a fluorescent bulb should suffice for
the Green Anole.
Green Anole Habitats
Green Anoles do not need much space, although
you do not want to cramp them. A simple 2' x 2' x 2'
enclosure should work well, using a glass aquarium with
screen top, or full-screen. A course substrate of gravel
covered with a mix of peat moss and play sand works
well. You should include real plants in the enclosure
for them to climb on, as well as a few branches.
Breeding Green Anoles
Your Green Anole will breed in the late
spring to early summer months. They will normally lay
2 eggs per clutch, and many clutches throughout the summer
months. Make sure to include leaves or some other vegetation
on the ground, as Green Anoles will lay the eggs underneath.
Allow 60 - 90 days for the eggs to hatch. It is recommended
that you remove the babies after they hatch, or before
for incubation. In many cases, feeder insects and even
the adults will eat the young.