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Green Anole/Brown Anole

Common Names: Green Anole, American Anole, American Chameleon

Scientific Name: Anolis carolinensis

Distribution: Southeastern USA

Size: Large males to about 7 inches, females to about 5 inches.

Temperament: Males can be very territorial. But if sufficient hiding, feeding, and basking sites are available groups with multiple males can be housed together.

Hardiness: Very hardy when properly set up and maintained. Can dehydrate easily.

Sexing: Males larger with larger head and throat dewlap, also males have enlarged post anal scales.

Food: Nutrient fed and vitamin/calcium coated crickets, small butterworms, spiders, mealworms, flies, and other small insects. Feed 3-4 times per week.

Housing: A tall spacious terrarium (minimum 10 gallon size) with either a reptile turf, reptile bedding, orchid bark or soil/sand mixture substrate. Landscape and create basking areas with select driftwood, cork bark slabs, branches, rocks and sturdy live or artificial plants.

Water: Being totally arboreal, Anoles drink by lapping up water as it drips down foliage, therefore a drip system or water covered flat saucers and daily misting are critical in keeping Anoles properly hydrated.

Temperature/Humidity: Day 73F-88F, gradient, night 65F-72F. Moderate to high humidity is provided by daily misting of terrarium.

Lighting: Full spectrum lighting/U.V. radiation is recommended for long term maintenance of Anoles.

Heating: Incandescent light bulbs with reflectors situated above select basking areas will provide the proper daytime heat gradient. Nighttime heat source is not needed for Anoles under normal conditions.

Notes: Another species that's commonly available is the Bahama or Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei) from the West Indies. This species is more aggressive than the Green Anole and also has a slightly higher heat requirement. These Anoles can be set up and maintained under similar conditions in captivity.

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Revised December 2008