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Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
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Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)

Description: Brown Anoles (Anolis sagrei) are small (5 - 8.5 in) brown lizards capable of changing their body color and pattern, although they are always brown or black (never green). The dorsal pattern is plain or irregular patches or mottled tan to brown spots and light-colored lines (often diamond-shaped patterns running down the center of the back). Tail laterally compressed. Both genders has a dewlap, but it is larger in males. Females tend to have a light dorsal stripe; older males develop a dorsal crest.

Taxonomy: Class: Reptilia; Order: Sauria; Family: Polycrotidae. Also referred to as Norops sagrei; Cuban Brown Anole.

Diet: Small bugs and insects, other lizards, and anything else they can catch.

Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)

Habitat: Semiarboreal. Lives on the ground and low in shrubs and trees. Like to bask on sunny rocks.

Range: This species is native to Cuba and the Bahamas, but was introduced into south Florida and now lives throughout the state. It has out-competed and driven out the native Green Anole.

Where to Find: Don't look for Brown Anoles around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them on trips to Florida (e.g., Ding Darling NWR, the City of Dunedin, Everglades National Park, and Miami area) is a good place to find them.

Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei) Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei) Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei) Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei) Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei) Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei) Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei) Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei) Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei) Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei) Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei) Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei) Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei) Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei) Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei) Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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