Anolis ortonii Amazon Bark Anole
Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve, Amazonas, BrazilNovember 15, 2006
Amazon Bark Anole (Anolis ortonii) Amazon Bark Anole (Anolis ortonii)
These anoles were extremely graceful and wary, leaping from twig to branch in effortless silence. We spent ten or fifteen minutes trying to maneuver the first one we saw into sitting still in reach of my camera. Eventually I got the first photo above. Later in the day I snuck up on a couple others without spooking them, including the one in the second photo above.

Here is an account of the four days we spent at Uakari Floating Lodge in the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve.

Santa Cruz Forest Reserve, Loreto, PeruJanuary 21, 2013
Amazon Bark Anole (Anolis ortonii)
The anoles in this area can be tricky to tell apart, but I believe the mottled pattern on this one's back identifies it as Anolis ortonii rather than Anolis fuscoauratus or Anolis trachyderma.

Here is a complete list of the herps I saw in the wild on my 2013 MT Amazon Expeditions trip.

Madre Selva Biological Station, Loreto, PeruJanuary 13, 2014
Amazon Bark Anole (Anolis ortonii)
There were plenty of sleeping Anolis ortonii in 2014 as well. I still haven't seen one of these during the day in Peru.

Here is a complete list of the herps I saw in the wild on my 2014 MT Amazon Expeditions trip.

Santa Cruz Forest Reserve, Loreto, PeruJanuary 21, 2014
Amazon Bark Anole (Anolis ortonii)
One last sleeping Peruvian anole, at least for 2014. This one's a youngster, about half-grown.
Quistacocha Zoo, Iquitos, Loreto, PeruJanuary 30, 2016
Amazon Bark Anole (Anolis ortonii)
This is an obviously terrible picture of an anole occupying a palm tree just outside of the ticket counter at the zoo in Iquitos. The lighting was terrible, and the poor anole was spooked by the half-dozen crazy Americans trying to take its photo. This was the only shot I got, which is a shame because of all the anoles I've seen in Peru, this is the one that I'm most confident is in fact Anolis ortonii. I'm a little worried that any or all of the others might really be Anolis fuscoauratus.

My Travelogues and Trip Lists page includes a complete list of the herps I saw in the wild on my 2016 MT Amazon Expeditions trip.

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