Anolis cybotes, 21 January 2017

Anolis cybotes, the Hispaniolan stout anole;
Broward county, Florida (21 January 2017).

Anolis cybotes is native to Hispaniola (southeast of Cuba), but they are now lightly established in a few pockets of southeast Florida, particularly in Broward and Palm Beach counties. As is the case with the A. sagrei (the Cuban brown anole), A. cybotes is a trunk-ground ecomorph, meaning its body is designed to perch head-down on lower tree trunks and other structures in search of prey. Once prey is spotted, it’ll jump down to the ground to quickly catch it. Trunk-ground ecomorph anoles are generally brown or tan in base coloring and sport a body built optimized for quick jumping and scampering to catch their prey.

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