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Brown Anole2 locationsReptile/Amphibian
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Feb 10 2013
Fort Myers Florida
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Feb 10 2013
Fort Myers Florida
TypeReptile/Amphibian
FamilyPolychrotidae - Anoles
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Anolis sagrei

Habitat:Native of Cuba and the Bahamas. It has been widely introduced elsewhere, by being sold as a pet lizard, and is now found in Florida and as far north as southern Georgia, Texas, Taiwan, Hawaii, Southern California, and other Caribbean islands. Found in Gardens, low bushes and shrubs, but are good climbers and can be found on fenceposts, as well as on the ground.

Description:Dark Brown to Yellowish/Brown with diamond pattern on back that is more pronounced in females. Adhesive discs on toes allow this Lizard to even climb on glass. Slim bodied Anole with blunt snout. Able to change color to a slight extent. Skin fold on neck, not normally detectable, can be raised during excitement. Tail is capable of being shed during times of risk.

Comments:As a defense mechanism, brown anoles can detach most of their tails when pursued or captured. The piece that breaks off will continue to move, hopefully distracting the predator and allowing the anole to escape. The lost tail will partially regrow. If provoked, the brown anole will bite, urinate, and defecate.

This species is highly invasive. In its introduced range, it reaches exceptionally high population densities, is capable of expanding its range very quickly, and both outcompetes and consumes many species of native lizards. The brown anole's introduction into the United States in the early 1970s has altered the behavior and triggered a negative effect on populations of the native Carolina anole (Anolis carolinensis), which have generally been relegated to the treetops.


Source: Wikipedia

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