Anolis cristatellus, 02 September 2011

Anolis cristatellus, the Puerto Rican crested anole;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (02 September 2011).

The Puerto Rican crested anole, Anolis cristatellus, is the eighth species of anole currently represented on floridensis. Of those eight species, only one is native to Florida — and it certainly isn’t the Puerto Rican crested anole. You’ll see plenty of anole posts on floridensis as time rolls ever-onward. Alongside our non-venomous watersnakes, Anolis lizards are my very favorites. I just can’t get enough of these sassy and spunky lizards. As for this species, it’s now very well established throughout parts of southern Florida, but they haven’t quite made their way north to where I live in Volusia county (northeastern central Florida). Time will tell if they ever do, but for now Cuban brown anoles (Anolis sagrei) are the only non-native Anolis species to have largely made their way north throughout the peninsula.

Anolis cristatellus, 02 September 2011

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