Green Anole  (Anolis carolinensis)

Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

The color of green anoles may vary depending on their surroundings, mood, temperature, and health, however they are not related to chameleons. They are excellent climbers and spend most of their time in trees and shrubs. Anoles are territorial and they defend territories with displays and, if necessary, aggressive combat. The “dewlap” (flap of skin at the base of the throat) can be extended like a flag to signal adversaries and potential mates. Green anoles are prey to many species – birds, snakes, and mammals. One of the greatest threats (aside from habitat loss) to green anoles, however, is from non-native anoles like the brown anole.