How to Take Care of an Anole? (Green Anole Care Sheet)

There are 256 species of known Anole. They are native to a wide range of territory in the U.S., Caribbean Islands, and South America, and have even managed to establish significant populations as far away as Japan.

Most anoles are at least partly arboreal, and have evolved special extended toes to not only climb up trees but easily grip vertical surfaces, such as glass, as well.

Male Anoles (and females of some species) are known for their distensible throat fans, which are used during territoriality and intimidation displays, as well as during courtship.

Each species’ throat fan is different, and scientists have discovered that these fans look even more unique to the Anoles themselves, which have very acute vision.

The most commonly available anole is the Green Anole, a species that is common to most of the Gulf Coast and Southern Atlantic states.

Green anoles may go by the name “American Chameleon” in some areas, due to their amazing ability to change color from brilliant lime green to a dark brown within seconds.

Unlike the true Chameleons, green anoles change color as a reaction to temperature, humidity, stress, and light intensity, not to blend in with their surroundings.

Green anoles are excellent beginner’s reptiles because of their availability, hardiness, and modest lighting and feeding requirements.

  • Species Name: Anolis carolinensis
  • Common Names: Green Anole, Carolina Anole, American Anole, American Chameleon, Red-throated Anole
  • Size: Male individuals can reach a length of up to 8 inches, including their tail, in captivity. However, in their natural habitat, they tend to grow even larger. Females are generally smaller in size.
  • Lifespan: On average, these anoles live for about 4 years. However, with proper care and attention, they can potentially live up to 8 years or even longer.

Behavior and Temperament

Green anoles are known for their curious and observant nature. Just like the morning cup of coffee for you, sunbathing is their daily ritual to start the day.

When they’re not basking in their warm spots, you’ll often catch them intently watching their surroundings from the treetops – or from your living room plant, if you’ve made the delightful choice of keeping them as pets. Trust me, it’s fascinating to watch them intently study their environment.

One distinctive behavior of green anoles is their color-changing ability, similar to chameleons but not as dramatic. When they’re relaxed and comfortable, they sport a vibrant green color. H