Anolis carolinensis Green Anole
Some other names for this species:
Carolina Anole, American Chameleon
Subspecies I've seen:
A. c. carolinensis
Northern Green Anole
A. c. seminolus
Southern Green Anole
Anolis carolinensis carolinensis Northern Green Anole
Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, FloridaDecember 26, 1998
Northern Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis carolinensis)
Green Anoles are the only anole species native to Florida, but they're getting harder and harder to find what with all the competition from the hardy and prolific little brown anoles. This one was in a Coral Gables backyard.
Shark Valley, Everglades National Park, Monroe County, FloridaDecember 30, 1998
Northern Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis carolinensis)
Here's another green anole in the Everglades. Green anoles are such elegant creatures.
Bill Sadowski Park, Perrine, Miami-Dade County, FloridaJanuary 3, 1999
Northern Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis carolinensis)
This one is right in the middle of shedding its skin. Green anoles can turn brown, an ability that earned them the confusing misnomer "American chameleon" (they aren't chameleons; they're anoles!). Brown anoles cannot, however, turn green.

Anole expert Dr. Ann Paterson told me that a lookalike (and closely related) Cuban anole species, Anolis porcatus, has been found in south Florida and is possibly spreading. So, the pictures I have here of A. carolinensis in south Florida may really be A. porcatus instead.

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory garden, Hilo, Hawaii County, HawaiiNovember 25, 2000
Northern Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis carolinensis) Northern Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis carolinensis)
Not only does the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory have yummy chocolate-covered Macadamia nuts, but its garden area provides home for a thriving population of introduced green anoles. What more could you ask for? The one in the first picture was drinking water from the leaf's surface. The one in the second picture seems to be pondering how to snatch the tasty snack on its back.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo, Monroe County, FloridaFebruary 7, 2004
Northern Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis carolinensis)
Back in Florida, here's a photogenic juvenile green anole posing on a sea grape leaf.
Willow Pond Nature Trail, Fort Clinch State Park, Nassau County, FloridaApril 19, 2004
Northern Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis carolinensis)
You just gotta love that green-on-green camouflage.
Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, FloridaDecember 25, 2006
Northern Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis carolinensis)
It's always nice, though unfortunately increasingly rare, to spot an actual native lizard in southern Florida, amidst all the non-native brown anoles, bark anoles, crested anoles, green iguanas, spiny-tailed iguanas, basilisks, etc.
Nags Head Woods Preserve, Dare County, North CarolinaApril 11, 2008
Northern Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis carolinensis)
Anolis carolinensis is named after the Carolinas, so I was happy to get a chance to see a few in the Carolinas. This one might look like it lost a fight with an angry cat, but in reality it was just shedding its skin. I was interested to see that it evaded me by hopping away on the ground, rather than by running up the nearest tree as I would have expected from my experience with Floridian green anoles.
Palmetto State Park, Gonzales County, TexasApril 9, 2010
Northern Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis carolinensis)
Since my wife's family lives in Florida and we live in California, we have driven through Texas several times on our way across the country. However, we have typically taken this route in the late winter, when temperatures are too low for reptiles, and even at other times we've never stopped to see the sights. That is my excuse for why this humble green anole is my first ever herp photo from Texas.
Mahogany Hammock Boardwalk, Everglades National Park, Miami-Dade County, FloridaMarch 19, 2011
Northern Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis carolinensis)
This green anole kept a careful watch on me. It joined only a handful of visible lizards on this cool day in the Everglades.
near Everglades National Park, Miami-Dade County, FloridaMarch 23, 2013
Northern Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis carolinensis)
Jake Scott and I pondered this lizard for awhile, wondering whether it was A. carolinensis or the introduced lookalike A. porcatus. Some references suggest that the well-defined ocella (eye-like spot) above the front leg suggests A. porcatus, whereas others suggest that there is no way to tell the two apart short of DNA analysis, whereas others suggest that the two species should really be lumped into one. Needless to say, I did not arrive at a clear answer.
Anolis carolinensis seminolus Southern Green Anole
Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, Collier County, FloridaApril 4, 2004
Southern Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis seminolus)
Most green anoles have strawberry-red dewlaps, but some populations in southwest Florida have gray or greenish dewlaps. These populations were recently designated to be a separate subspecies, Anolis carolinensis seminolus. Unfortunately these anoles are just as hard to find amidst the far more plentiful Brown Anoles as their northern cousins. Here's a pretty individual from Fakahatchee Strand that had a faint row of light blue dots down its side.
Oscar Scherer State Park, Sarasota County, FloridaApril 8, 2004
Southern Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis seminolus) Southern Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis seminolus)
Here's a Southern Anole that showed off its distinguishing dewlap for me.
Corkscrew Swamp Wildlife Sanctuary, Collier County, FloridaApril 5, 2008
Southern Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis seminolus)
This anole had some particularly nice blue speckles on its neck and shoulders.
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