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  • Polychrotidae


  • 2 - 8 years


  • Length: 5 - 8 inches
  • Weight: 3 grams


  • The green anole is found thoughout much of the southeastern united States, extending north through parts of North Carolina, west to Texas, and south through Florida. It has been introduced to Hawaii, Japan, Cuba, the bahamas, and Guam.


  • An arboreal lizard, they like to hide in trees. They are often seen in urban areas as there are lots of places to hide in.


  • Wild: Small invertebrates such as butterflies, cicadas, juvenile grasshoppers, and flies.
  • Zoo: Freeze-dried fruit flies.


  • The majority of green anoles are polygynous. Especially in larger populations, they usually will mate only within their own territories.
  • To attract the attention of females, males bob their heads up and down and extend their dewlaps.
  • Males protect their mating partners from other intruding males by defending their territory.
  • Unlike other Anolis species, such as Anolis aeneus, green anoles do not leave their hatch sites after breeding.

General Information

  • Green anoles are the only species of anoles native to North America.
  • Recent introductions of invasive species of anoles int he green anoles' range may cause population concerns in the future.
  • The green anole can change its color and is sometimes referred to as the "American Chameleon," although its color changing is not nearly as dramatic or as sophisticated as a true chameleon.


  • IUCN: Lower Risk
  • CITES: No Special Status

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  1. CITES Appendices. Accessed December 2012.
  2. IUCN Red List. Accessed December 2012.
  3. Animal Diversity Web: Anolis carolinesis.