Anole Lizards have the ability to turn bright green, sometimes called the American chameleon. 3 factors influence color change, temperature, light, and emotion. Complex interactions, in a matter of seconds, it changes color, also camouflaged. They practice techniques in hiding too, or being unnoticed. They will be still at times, and scrunching down around something. Fast at other times, or jumping and running away.
A healthy male, with a quick jump onto a schrub, is what happened in the picture. Male Anole Lizards can support a herum of 5 females, and are more aggressive at mating season, which is twice a year, 4 months each time. They are somewhat territorial, but a harmless lizard. They don’t fight until another dies, but will squabble over who get the spot sometimes. Research told me that when they do fight, the winner turns bright green. I have seen all different sizes of Anole all huddled up in a corner on our deck, while it was cold, but the sun was out, near a favorite spot they are usually watching for insects. I have upload Anole Lizard images of this huddle. And since, have had the Anole to be laying on our front steps 5 at at time, lots more on the house. Private Gourley Garden, (Anole Habitat) in the Smoky Mountains near the Foothills Parkway in TN. / USA
Perhaps you could find an Anole at Gregory’s Bald, on the Azaleas, they sure do love the Azaleas here. I have seen 5 or 6 in one bush at a time feasting on a small flying insect like a sweat bee. It looked as though, perhaps Mom Anole teaching her young. Private Gourley Garden, (Anole Habitat) Smoky Mountains, land ajoins Foothills Parkway.
It was rare for me to see Anole in a battle, but since watching them more closely, have noticed quite a few mating battles between males prior to mating season,for rights to mate with females in the area. Also, they will display their dewlaps in order to scare the other away from their hunting ground. They get a little puffed up, and dark spots appear behind the eyes. Look a little mean and ugly to scar the apponient away. I have seen small hatchlings practice this action, and even showing black spots behind the eyes.
Sometimes it is hard to notice these tropical green lizards, they can be fast, and blend in with nature. You just watch for a twig to move, then you can spot one. This one was so bright, but just a flash, and I saw him. Sometimes they are slow and lazy. Males are slightly larger than females, and the females have a white design down their back.
I would love a book made of all the Anolis Carolinensis Lizards. Did you know TN had tropical lizards? 1207 views 8/11 Maybe this is the most looked at image I have, and I thought it was Horses of the Smokies Painting or a image of the Cable Mill House painting.
Canon Sure shot S31S