Spring Break 2018: The Puerto Rican Crested Anole

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

We return again to the Puerto Rican crested anole, Anolis cristatellus, a non-native species now strongly established within parts of South Florida. Though this species may appear a bit brown (perhaps even a bit bland) from a distance, when a male reveals the colors of its dewlap, the fold of skin beneath the neck, the Puerto Rican crested anole truly stands out. Of the anoles now present in Florida, native and non-native alike, the Puerto Rican crested anole’s dewlap patterns are far and away my favorite.

 

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