Spring Break 2018: A Modest Crested Anole

Anolis cristatellus, the Puerto Rican crested anole;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (17 March 2018)
Series: Spring Break 2018.

Though I’ve still got a decent number of watersnake shots to share, let’s lean back towards the latter run of Spring Break 2018 and check out some anoles. I’m always game for a little more lizard action.

First up is our good friend Anolis cristatellus, the Puerto Rican crested anole, a non-native species now well-established in parts of south Florida. Like their Cuban cousins, Anolis sagrei, Puerto Rican crested anoles are typically somewhat… plain. At least by lizard standards and when they’re just chilling out. This individual, for example, might be easy to miss if it were resting on a tree. Drab, modest browns… Not too much patterning. Only a hint of actual crest-action (see the ridge on the tail?)… It’s just sort of, you know, a little brown lizard. But what a little brown lizard it is! Puerto Rican crested anoles are hardy and resilient little campers. Though they haven’t spread as far and wide as the Cuban brown anoles, I suspect they eventually will. Tough little scrappers, these critters are, and they seem to be adapting to the Floridian peninsula quite well.

Anolis cristatellus, 17 March 2018

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