Green Anole, Anolis carolinensis

Occurs in the southern half of the state. Only one subspecies occurs in TN; Northern Green Anole (A. c. carolinensis).

A small lizard (5.0 to 8.0 inches in length) which can be green, brown, or a mixture of both colors; may have some dark patterns on the back. Males are larger and have a pink or reddish throat fan. Females have a white throat and a whitish stripe down the center of their back.

Similar Species: None.

Mainly a tree-dwelling species, often on shaded tree branches, but may be found anywhere. Frequently found in suburban areas, including rooftops and fence posts.

Primarily insects, spiders, and other arthropods.

Breeding information:
Adults breed in spring and summer. Females lay 1 oval egg every 2 weeks in moist soil, leaf litter, or rotten wood. Eggs hatch in 5-7 weeks. Juveniles resemble miniature adults and do not receive any parental care.

Status in Tennessee:
Green Anoles are generally common throughout the southeast with the exception of the mountains.  No threats to their populations; however may be vulnerable to the pet trade.

Fun Facts:
•The Green Anole can change colors, but it is not a true chameleon.
•“Throat fans,” also known as dewlaps, are colorful skin flaps which the males can extend or display to attract mates or defend territories. Head-bobbing and push-ups may accompany the throat fan display.

Best places to see in Tennessee: Shaded trees of suburban lawns in the southern section of TN.

Green Anole