Adult Body length:
The green anole is
a relative common lizard, slight in build, with a narrow head and a long, slender tail that can be twice as long as the rest
of the animal. Color can vary from gray-brown, to brown, to bright green; each animal can change its color to blend with surroundings.
Males can have a noticeable dewlap that is pink when displayed. Commonly referred to as a "chameleon" due to its ability to
change color, but not a true chameleon.
Anoles eat small insects
Breeds from late March
through early October. Lays a single white egg, which it buries in loose, moist leaf litter. Young hatch after 5-7 weeks.
Commonly preyed upon by domestic cats, as well as children seeking pets. Fairly common in the pet trade and can do well in
captivity, if cared for well. Will eat crickets, but seldomly adapts to being handled.
Habitat and Distribution
Found through out the
eastern third of Texas, and common in the southeastern U.S. Requires greenery, occassional shade and a moist environment.
Prefers to be in trees or shrubs, but can also be found on walls and fences.