One of my favorite backyard creatures is the green anole (Anolis carolinensis). These beautiful little lizards with their pink throats were abundant until just a few years ago when their territory was invaded by the brown anole (Anolis sagrei). I have read that the green anoles tend to hunt higher in the trees and bushes while the browns keep to lower areas. It would seem that this would mean they do not conflict with each other, but there is no doubt that the green anoles are in decline, at least in my neighborhood.
The brown anoles are faster, more aggressive and bolder than the greens. They frequently shun the safety of shrubbery to run around my patio in full view of eleven-year-old boys and other predators. I haven’t found any eggs, but it also seems that there have been far more brown hatchlings than greens. Tiny brown heads keep popping up all over my yard.
Due to the green anoles’ dwindling numbers, I always run for my camera when I see one, so there will probably lots of photos of green anoles featured as my Random Photo.
Hatchling: This brand new brown anole has a body (neck to beginning of tail) about a half inch long. It’s fun to watch thses little guys in the morning as they navigate their way through dewy grass. Their little heads peek over the grass like velociraptors in Jurassic Park. My son caught one of these babies one time and the poor creature fainted. We though it had simply died of fright, but after a few seconds it revived and my son released it into the flowers. He named it Napoleon.