Friday Flashback – Green Anole

Today’s Friday Flashback is from April 28th 2014 and is entitled ‘Green Anole’. A pretty cool looking dude with a great colourization and just a glint of mischief in his eye!

Original text: ‘The Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis) is an invasive species to Maui and the Hawaiian Islands, where this picture was taken earlier this year. Looking a bit like a miniature prehistoric dragon this guy measured around 15cm including the very long tail. Anoles where introduced to the islands in the 1950’s but populations have been declining since the introduction and spread of the Brown anole in the 1980’s. A native of the Southern United States, it also goes by the name of Carolina anole. Although green by name and a different species to the brown anole, the green anole does have a ‘brown’ phase – when it is threatened, stressed or too hot it can change colour through shades of brown. On the other hand, the brown anole, which can also change colour, doesn’t go green. Green anoles – male & female – have a pinkish coloured flap or dewlap under the chin, which they extend when they hope to attract a mate.’

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