Anoles Are Everywhere

I was raised by a maid who came from Martinique
She wore geckos around her neck and bracelets on her feet
A superstitious woman from the land of sugar cane
She’d sing the sun to bed and dance out in the rain
Dance out, dance out, dance out in the rain

Jimmy Buffett

Anole

Anole

Anoles seem to be everywhere this time of year. And they are most welcome being our native pest control as they will eat spiders, cockroaches, ants, and other bugs. The brown Cuban anole is by far the most common in our garden. Anole lizards are frequently and incorrectly called American chameleons or geckos, although they are not closely related to either of those groups. In fact, they are more closely related to iguanas.

They are often quite curious. This fellow will watch me as I am taking photographs for the Tropical Garden Prints Project. In the above photo he is resting and watching from a shell fossil. Below, he is sunning on a dendrobium orchid cane.

Anole

Anole

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