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Anolis carolinensis (Green anole)


Wikipedia Abstract

The Carolina anole (Anolis carolinensis) is an arboreal lizard found primarily in the southeastern United States and some Caribbean islands. Other common names include the green anole, American anole and red-throated anole. It is also sometimes referred to as the American chameleon due to its ability to change color from several brown hues to bright green and its somewhat similar appearance (though it is not a true chameleon).
View Wikipedia Record: Anolis carolinensis


Invasive Species

The green anole, Anolis carolinensis is a moderate sized arboreal lizard native to the southeastern United States. Most likely spread through unintentional transport, alien populations have managed to establish on numerous islands in the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, including the Ogasawara Islands, Japan. Here A. carolinensis is thought to have played a significant role in the extinctions and population declines of many species of endemic insects through predation. Projects are underway to manage this species through use of adhesive traps and exclusion fencing, with preventing the spread of A. carolinensis to uninvaded nearby islands having priority.
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Adult Weight [1]  2.3 grams
Litters / Year [2]  4
Maximum Longevity [3]  7 years


Protected Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Mesoamerica Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama Yes


Lanius ludovicianus (Loggerhead Shrike)[4]


Parasitized by 
Mesocestoides lineatus <Unverified Name>[5]
Oochoristica anolis <Unverified Name>[5]
Skrjabinoptera phrynosoma <Unverified Name>[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Range Map


Mexico Terra typica: Mexico; USA (E Texas, SE Oklahoma, S Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, SE Tennessee), Bahamas, Grand Cayman Islands (HR 33: 321), Anguilla (HR 32: 118), Cuba, Mexico. Introduced to Belize and Hawaii (fid;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Length–weight allometries in lizards, S. Meiri, Journal of Zoology 281 (2010) 218–226
2Clutch Size and Reproductive Effort in the Lizard Lacerta vivipara Jacquin, R. A. Avery, Oecologia (Berl.) 19, 165-170 (1975)
3de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
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