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The Green Anole, also known as the Carolina Anole, is a kind of lizard that has the ability to change its color to several different kinds of browns and greens. In this way, it is very much like the chameleon.
This lizard ranges from being a smaller size lizard up to medium-sized, and has a very slim body. It has a longer shaved head, and there are pointed riches that are around both the eyes and nostrils of this lizard. The males of this lizard are about 1/5 larger in size than females are, with the throat fan, or dewlap, being five times larger than you would find in the female.
The adult male can get to be about 8 inches long, where the tail makes up about 60% of its overall length. The females usually reach no farther than about 7 inches, and have the same proportion in terms of the tail.
While these are very common looking lizards in many ways, it is their ability to change colors that makes them quite dramatic. Ranging from several different hues of brown to a wide variety of greens, this lizard can easily blend in on any plant surface so that they go basically unnoticed. They even have the capability to create some yellows and blues in some of these anoles. Just so you are aware, a change in color is referred to as a phase by scientists.
These lizards are very territorial. In studies conducted by scientists, the anole has even been seen attacking images of itself in a mirror. These animals will fight to protect a certain region that they claim is their own, plus they will defend the right to the two or three females that they have courted and capped as their brides.
These reptiles are most active in the spring and fall, and become more and art during the winter. They are not true hibernate years, however. How much activity you will see is directly dependent upon the temperatures outside and how much sunlight is available.
The diet of the green anole is focused mostly on such things as crickets, spiders, flies, grasshoppers, and other kinds of anthropologists. Because of the kinds of foods that they eat, many people will keep these lizards around in their yard, because they know that they will eat such things as worms, grubs, and maggots. If you are a person who is looking to decrease these insect populations, the green anole can be a great solution.
Their reproductive patterns are quite simple. The breeding season begins in April of each year ends usually around the end of September. During the mating season, the mail will patrol its area it has claimed as its own, and displays brighter colors for females to detect. This lets them know that the male is interested in courting. While courting the female, the mail will display bright colors in its dewlaps. This structure is also used as an intimidation factor against other males. When a male is looking to reproduce with the female, he will attach himself to her dewlap to hold on during the coitus process.
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