Spring Break 2023: Anolis cristatellus

Anolis cristatellus, the Puerto Rican crested anole;
Miami-Dade county, Florida (13 March 2023).
Spring Break 2023

It’s time for a little lizard action. As the sun continued to rise and the new day settled in, I booked east from Big Cypress to the Coral Gables / South Miami area for an afternoon of lizard action. I can’t quite express how fascinating I find this area to be due to the massive array of non-native lizard species trying to scratch out a living there. On this particular trip, I was hand’s-off with the lizards, so I didn’t really snag super-tight macro shots. Still, it was awesome seeing them all out and about, and I caught wind of some population shifts from trips prior.

As for this one, this is a Puerto Rican crested anole, Anolis cristatellus, a non-native species doing quite well in Miami-Dade county. Looks like this individual’s seen some action in the past.

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