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This is the closest encounter I have ever had with a Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis). I was standing out in my backyard, near the fence, under a canopy of trees. True, I was hoping to spot a Green Anole, but was a bit surprised at how close by he passed. I think he was more intent on guarding his territory…or looking for love.
This Green Anole is definitely a male – just look at that dewlap (pinkish-red throat flap). He marched up and down the top of the fence, doing push-ups, and flashing his fancy red throat-thing. I’m not sure if the girls would be more impressed by the macho push-ups or the flair of his fancy red chin skin.
Here he is now, coming back toward me, continuing to strut his stuff. This picture really shows the blue around his eye. The top of his nose looks a bit yellow to me…what a colorful lizard! As luck would have it, I turned the other way just in time to spot a female.
This Green Anole is showing off her brown coloration. At least, I think this one is female – I never saw a flashed dewlap, and it looks like she may have only a smallish one. Can you tell that there is a teeny-tiny insect on her nose? I love little details like that.
She changed course and headed back to the tree by the fence where I was standing.
She seemed to react to the clicking of my camera. We locked eyes for a few seconds, checking each other out. It was a neat moment.
The moment passed, and she went along her way. I snapped a last picture or two when she moved into a spot of sunshine. As she warmed herself in the sun’s rays, I couldn’t help but feel honored by the presence of the pair. I’ve worked for years to give part of my property back to nature, and it warms ME to know that they have accepted the invitation.