Description: 5 – 8 in (12 – 20 cm). May be either green or brown depending on environmental conditions. When brown, may have faint markings on the back. Males have a pinkish throat fan that is displayed in territorial rivalries or when approaching a potential mate. The green anole is most easily distinguished from the similar brown anole (Anolis sagrei) by green or lightly patterned brown coloration, pinkish throat fan, and by range.
Range and Habitat: The green anole is a common lizard throughout Georgia and South Carolina, but is absent from some areas in the mountains. Anoles are generally arboreal (living in trees) but can be found almost anywhere. Anoles are commonly found in suburban or even urban areas and can often be seen perched on fences and rooftops.
Habits: Anoles are active by day in warm weather and often bask in vegetation, occasionally charging away from a basking spot to grab and inset or chase off a rival anole. During cool weather anoles are often found hiding under tree bark, shingles, or in rotten logs. Sometimes many anoles can be found taking refuge in one spot.
Prey: Anoles eat a wide variety of insects, spiders, and other invertebrates.
Reproduction: Throughout the warm months, female green anoles lay single, round, eggs, in moist soil or rotten wood. Young resemble miniature adults.
Abundance: Green anoles are generally common in almost all habitats.
Over the years, I’ve captured many anoles in action.
On a walking tour, I took this on Church Street. See how he beautifully matches the greenery inside a window box…
And, even sleeping on my front porch…
Hopefully, when you visit Charleston, you’ll see a few for yourself. If you’d like to book one of my unique walking tours or private tours by car, please give me a call at 843.806.9915 or simply visit my Tours information page on my website: Eclectic Tours of Charleston