Anolis cristatellus, 16 March 2017

Anolis cristatellus, the Puerto Rican crested anole;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (16 March 2017).

The Puerto Rican crested anole is a fairly successful non-native species now established throughout a decent swath of south Florida, especially around the Miami area. A trunk-ground ecomorph, this species competes with another non-native anole in south Florida, the Cuban brown anole. Both species tend to perch head-down on lower trunks and bushes, pouncing downward to catch prey scrambling around on the ground below.

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