Some other names for this species:
Anole maestro Jonathan Losos of Anole Annals
is working hard to encourage the use of the more exciting name "Festive Anole" for this species.
Subspecies I've seen:
Anolis sagrei ordinatus
Bahaman Brown Anole
Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island, Bahamas—February 3, 2012
Atlantis Resort is an unbelievably luxurious playground on Paradise Island, a few miles from Nassau, Bahamas. Michael Jackson rented the fanciest suite of rooms. More than one James Bond movie has been filmed on site. Manta rays swim in giant aquaria mimicking the undersea remains of the mythical eponymous city. And, last but not least, little brown lizards hang out on the trees.
The subspecies of Anolis sagrei are in flux these days. Some authorities consider Anolis ordinatus a distinct species, whereas others consider Anolis sagrei ordinatus indistinguishable from Anolis sagrei sagrei. I'll just leave it as Anolis sagrei ordinatus until this shakes out a little more.
Castaway Cay, Bahamas—February 4, 2012
Nearby Castaway Cay is owned by Disney, and visited by Disney cruise ships. Perhaps I was on one of those. Perhaps.
Anolis sagrei sagrei
Cuban Brown Anole
Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Florida—December 25, 1998
Brown anoles, an introduced species from Cuba and the Bahamas, swarm over the Miami area and south Florida in general. My mother-in-law's yard in Coral Gables, for example, has dozens of these active little lizards. Here's a male on a downed palm trunk showing off his dewlap.
Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Florida—December 26, 1998
This young fellow was sticking to ground cover plants. Brown anoles are often in trees, but they're also often on the ground. Where the native green anoles
and brown anoles coexist, you often see the brown anoles on the ground and in the lower branches, and the green anoles in the higher branches.
Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Florida—December 29, 1998
Here's another young one. The youngsters often have reddish heads. Brown anoles vary quite a bit in their shade and dorsal pattern.
Fairchild Tropical Garden, Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Florida—December 29, 1998
This one seems to have an identity crisis. I think it liked the specific name "radicalis".
Fairchild Tropical Garden, Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Florida—December 27, 2000
I've started a collection of photos of brown anoles on signs. So far I have two.
Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Florida—December 25, 2002
What better way to spend Christmas than photographing brightly-colored lizards in the yard, I ask you?
Fairchild Tropical Garden, Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Florida—March 7, 2004
This was an excellent brown-anole-photographing day. Not only did I catch one in the act of showing off its dewlap, but I doubled the size of my collection of pictures of brown anoles on signs.
Myakka River State Park, Sarasota County, Florida—April 10, 2004
Studly adult male brown anoles sometimes display their extreme macho qualities with a crest on the head and back, like this individual.
Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Florida—December 25, 2006
Here's a couple of Christmas anoles. The first one is a studly male with its pronounced crest; the second is a beautiful female with its red head.
Fairchild Tropical Garden, Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Florida—December 30, 2006
My collection of photos of brown anoles on signs is now 25% larger.
South Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida—March 5, 2013
- Read Todd Campbell's overview of the competition between green anoles and brown anoles in an Insitute for Biological Invasions Invader of the Month column.
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