Anolis garmani, the Jamaican Giant Anole

Last updated Sunday 26 May 2019.

Anolis garmani, the Jamaican giant anole, is a non-native species somewhat established in limited areas throughout south Florida, namely within Miami-Dade county. I’ve had a few encounters with this species to date, but haven’t been able to get my hands on a large, full-sized adult. Close, but not quite…. Regardless, I find this species to be one of the most beautiful to be found anywhere in Florida. Anolis garmani @ iNaturalist.¬†To learn more about anoles, please consider visiting Anole Annals.

06 August 2017
Miami-Dade county, Florida:

We almost caught this one —almost–, but it proved to be a bit more nimble than us. So it goes, right? Despite the slightly-more-than-painful near-catch-of-failure, this was one hell of a Jamaican giant anole to observe — even as we watched it scamper high into the canopy above. A truly beautiful lizard.

11 June 2016
Miami-Dade county, Florida:

On our June 2016 romp through Miami-Dade county, we managed to spot and catch two Jamaican giant anoles — though both were fairly small and not quite to “giant” level yet. Despite their relatively-minimal stature, each of these Jamaican giant anoles were truly remarkable in coloration and patterning. Here’s the first of the two small individuals:

And here’s the second of the two small individuals. Note how quickly this lizard shifted its colors from emerald green to a dark, dirty green/brown, and then back again. Remarkable: