Not native to Florida
A small lizard native to Cuba and the Bahamas is now present throughout most of the Florida peninsula with isolated populations reported in Georgia, Louisiana and Texas.
Anolis sagrei can change from light to dark brown depending upon their surroundings. They are lighter along the back ridge from the nape of the neck to the tail. Coloring is highly variable, but males typically show a series of larger black and smaller yellow spots along the back. Females typically exhibit a diamond pattern bordered with a thin yellow stripe. Both sexes have dewlaps (the throat fan), with the male's being much larger and more likely to be shown.
Brown anoles are a highly invasive species, out-competing the native green anole for resources, as well as eating the native anole's eggs and young. First observed in the Florida keys in 1887, they arrived in most south Florida seaports in the 1940's and are now the most populous anole in the southern half of the peninsula.
Anolis sagrei is a member of the Polychrotidae - Anoles family.
Other species of the Anolis genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
Anolis carolinensis - GREEN ANOLE
Date record last modified: Jul 04, 2021