Anolis ortonii — Amazon Bark Anole
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.
One last sleeping Peruvian anole, at least for 2014. This one's a youngster, about half-grown.
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.
- Bannerman, M. 2001. Mamirauá: A Guide to the Natural History of the Amazon Flooded Forest
- Bartlett, R.D., and Bartlett, P. 2003. Reptiles and Amphibians of the Amazon: An Ecotourist's Guide
- Dixon, J. R. and Soini, P. 1986. The Reptiles of the Upper Amazon Basin, Iquitos Region, Peru
- Duellman, W.E. 2005. Cusco Amazónico: The Lives of Amphibians and Reptiles in an Amazonian Rainforest