|Our Anole lizard is brown.|
|Our Anole lizard is green!|
Anoles like to change color. They change color because of the temperature. They change color when they feel good or bad. They change color when they are happy or afraid.
How do anoles change colors? These lizards have a transparent outer skin. The skin layers underneath have special cells that contain sacks of color pigment. The secret to these lizards turning green or brown happens in these special layers of skin.
The anole's tail is another interesting part of this little critter. When they feel threatened or caught, their tail falls off. The neat part is that their tails grow back!
Male anoles are easy to tell from female anoles. Males have a special pink half circle under their chin. This pink half circle is called a dewlap. The males flare the dewlap when they see a female anole. The males also flare the dewlap when they feel their territory is threatened. They bob their head up and down to scare away other males.
Female anoles lay eggs. They bury the eggs in leafy compost. The eggs hatch in 30 to 45 days. When they hatch, the little lizards are able to take care of themselves.
If you have anoles in your yard, it is a very good sign. It means that your yard is healthy!
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Here is a coloring page for anoles:
You can also check out this great book from your library: Anoles, Those Florida Yard Lizards by Steven Isham