Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Spring Anole



I found this brown Green Anole while watering the garden this morning!  Anoles can change from brown to green and back again.  Factors that are attributed to the color change are temperature, camouflage, fright, and, territory disputes.  It's surprising to find reptiles out in February, but it did get up to 80 yesterday.

  



Isn't she a beauty!  She looks so old basking in the warm sun, but what you can't see from the photo is that she's only about 2 inches long; last year's baby.  An adult female gets to be about 5 inches and a hefty male can reach 8 inches including the tail according to the species profile.  



I've seen several juveniles this spring, but I haven't seen any adults.  I guessing juveniles need to get out earlier to grow faster, larger, and sooner than other sleeping juveniles.  Adults already large, and perhaps fatter since they are more experienced hunters can stay safe and sleep until it really warms up for good.