Anolis garmani, 06 August 2017

Anolis garmani, the Jamaican giant anole;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (06 August 2017).

The Jamaican giant anole is, as you might guess from its name, a non-native species now established in isolated pockets of south Florida. Though not widespread or abundant, I have seen this species a couple of times in Miami-Dade county. Sometimes they show up; most of the time they don’t. A “crown-giant ecomorph,” this species is adapted to living very high in trees where it can hunt a variety of arboreal prey. Though they are much larger than their lower-lying Anolis relatives, they can sometimes be difficult to spot because of their typical elevated lifestyle.

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