Anolis sagrei, 25 May 2012

Anolis sagrei, the Cuban brown anole;
Collier county, Florida (25 May 2012).

Though considered non-native to Florida, the Cuban brown anole has been in the state for quite some time (likely since the late 1800s). Today, the Cuban brown anole is damn near ubiquitous nearly everywhere you go. They dominate lower shrubs, bushes, and limbs and have soundly pushed our native Carolina green anoles back to higher territory. Hardly a day goes by without lined sentries of Cuban brown anoles scurrying across the sidewalk in front of me. Agile, fast, and alert.

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