Green Anole

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My walks in the scrub are always brightened by an encounter with a Green Anole. They’re quite shy and very good at leaping from twig to twig to escape your gaze, but if I move slowly I sometimes get to watch one resting on a palmetto or scrub oak leaf. If I wait long enough, I sometimes even see them change color! 

Green Anoles can drastically change their color
Green Anoles can drastically change color

Mood, temperature, humidity and health all affect their color. Like geckos, they have adhesive toe pads that let them grip smooth surfaces. These nimble creatures hunt insects and spiders of the scrub.

 

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