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There are numerous lizards in the world, and one of them is the green anole. The green anole is a lizard that is green. That is why it is called a green anole. People say that they are chameleons but they are wrong.


Illustrated by Erin.
Illustrated by Erin.
It's hard to tell the difference between a male and female anole. Female anoles have a light brown stripe on their back. But male anoles have no light brown stripe and are slightly bigger than the female. Male anoles also have a pink dewlap, and females have a smaller dewlap. In fact, male anoles use their dewlap to attract female anoles, and anoles use their dewlap for territory. Their maximum adult size is 8 inches.


Believe it or not, anoles can change color depending on temperature and emotion! That's why people say that they are chameleons. When anoles are on tree bark they tend to turn brown. If it is 60 degrees or lower, it will tend to be brown. If the temperature is 70 degrees or higher, it will tend to stay green, and when an anole wins a fight, it will turn bright green.


Anoles are called tree dwellers which means they like to climb trees in the tropical rain forests. They like to be at the canopy. Some of them live in the West Indies and in the eastern part of the United States.


Everything needs to eat food. Anoles eat insects and spiders, and in the wild they occasionally eat brown anole hatchlings. Also anoles eat wax worms and mealworms. If you own anoles you should feed them crickets. They are insectivores and carnivores.

(Maxine May 5, 2008)

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