The green anole, also known as the red-throated anole, is a species of lizard found throughout the southeastern United States from eastern Texas to southern Virginia. The green anole is usually around 5 to 8 cm long, with the female usually being smaller. Their bodies are long and slender with a narrow head and pointed snout. The tail can be up to twice as long as the main part of the body.
The male green anole has a pink “wumple,” or flap of skin, hanging down from his throat. The dewlap is displayed by the male to attract females and in territorial displays for other males. These territorial displays are also usually accompanied by bobbing of the head.
Green anoles have the ability to change color from green to brown to grey. Colors vary depending on the mood, environment, and health of the bird. This trait led to the popular nickname “American chameleon”, although they are not true chameleons, and their ability to change color is limited.
These lizards are usually found in bushes, trees, and on walls and fences. They need lots of greenery, shady places, and a humid environment. Their diet consists mainly of small insects and spiders, which they find and track through motion detection. When attempting to escape from a predator, the green anole will often “drop” its tail in an action known as autonomy. The tail will continue to twitch to distract the predator and give the anole time to get away.
Green anoles mate between late March and early October. The females lay single eggs in moist soil, bushes, and rotten wood. During the mating cycle, the female can usually lay an egg every two weeks. Eggs are small with a leathery appearance and hatch in about five to seven weeks.
Green anoles are common pets in the areas they are in, and they are generally considered a good first reptile pet for beginners. They are inexpensive, easy to care for and feed, and don’t tolerate minor temperature changes as much as some other reptiles. They are usually kept as purely visual pets as they don’t like to be handled on a regular basis.
As pets, males can be housed with as many females as healthy space will allow, but males should not be kept together. Males are very territorial – if housed together, the dominant male will continuously attack and harass the smaller male until he dies. A single male can even be provoked into territorial displays by using a mirror to allow the lizard to see himself.
Can green anoles have fruit?
Anoles are insectivores, so feed small crickets, a few mealworms, and flightless fruit flies. Anoles are also nectar drinkers, and can be fed small pieces of fruit and small amounts of fruit puree, such as baby food.
What is a green anoles favorite food?
The green anole eats spiders, flies, crickets, small beetles, moths, butterflies, small slugs, worms, ants and termites.
What fruits and vegetables can green anoles eat?
They’ve been seen eating everything from beetles, spiders, sowbugs, flies, gnats, ants, worms, grubs, maggots, snails, slugs, crickets, and some arthropods. Green anoles will also eat plant matter like flower petals, grains, seeds, and leaves. Various fruits, vegetables, and herbs are also fair game.
Can green anoles eat bananas?
Anoles can eat a variety of different fruits, including apples, bananas, grapes, and melons.
How do you make green anoles happy?
Create and maintain humidity by keeping the anole’s water dish full and by misting your pet and the habitat 2 to 3 times a day. Or use an automatic fogger, mister or drip system. You can also utilize moisture retaining substrate such as coconut fiber and moss. Anoles are diurnal, meaning they’re active during the day.
How long can anoles go without eating?
In the wild, a green anole can go without eating up to 7-30 days. This is highly variable depending on the age, location, species, and ecosystem it exists in.