Anolis sagrei, 01 April 2014

Anolis sagrei, the Cuban brown anole;
Lake county, Florida (01 April 2014).

A deeply impressive, non-native species, the Cuban brown anole is nearly omnipresent throughout the lower tangles of the Florida peninsula these days. They arrived in the state over a hundred years ago and are perhaps now the most commonly observed lizard in the state. Our native Carolina green anoles (Anolis carolinensis) have seemingly moved higher up into the trees in response to the increased competition lower toward the ground. Though some fear our beloved green anoles are being driven to extinction, I suspect people just aren’t noticing them as much. We tend to look down (where the brown anoles are) when we walk and rarely think to look up (where the green anoles are more likely to be).

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