Anolis distichus, 08 July 2011

Anolis distichus, the Bark anole;
Monroe county, Florida (08 July 2011).

A non-native species that lives most of its Floridian life flanked by competition below and competition above, the Bark anole is a small, agile, and (re)active species predisposed to dodging danger by scampering around the trunks of trees. From a personal perspective, they’re one of the harder species to get close to, photograph, and/or catch. They’re perpetually hardwired in defensive mode and waste absolutely no time retreating around the curvature of a trunk to avoid conflict. They’re also quite small, which complicates things when you have large hominid hands.

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