Spring Break 2018: The Brown Anole

Anolis sagrei, the Cuban brown anole;
Collier county, Florida (15 March 2018).
Series: Spring Break 2018.

Of all the lizards in Florida today, the Cuban brown anole, Anolis sagrei, is likely the most frequently encountered. When I was a kid growing up in Volusia county during the last 70s and early 80s, however, Cuban brown anoles were fairly uncommon. We had them for sure, but they weren’t overly abundant. Back then, the Carolina green anoles were still more dominant around homes and down low among the house walls and yard shrubbery. The trunk-ground habitats of today’s Florida, however, are absolutely dominated by the ever-impressive and ever-adaptable Cuban brown anoles.

Because they’re so ridiculously common (you can’t go anywhere without seeing them scampering around nearby), I sometimes forget to pause and watch them more closely. That recognition was in my mind with little Brown anole, with this basic snapshot. It’s not a great photo by any stretch, but it marks an awesome little moment of watching this little Cuban brown anole flex his dewlap from his (moderately decent but not impressive) perch. It’s good to pause and focus on the overly-abundant and ridiculously-common.

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