Anolis garmani, 11 June 2016

Anolis garmani, the Jamaican giant anole;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (11 June 2016).

It’s hard for me to overstate how much I adore the Jamaican giant anole. This species is most certainly not native to Florida but is now somewhat established in a few pockets of south Florida. I’m not sure how much success they’ll have colonizing and pushing northward; sometimes it seems like they’re barely hanging on in south Florida. Finding this one was, as you might imagine, fairly exciting. Of note, this is a smaller individual undergoing rapid color change between bright, emerald green and dark brown.

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