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Anoles Are Fascinating Creatures!

Here Are Just a Few Highlights
Described In Detail In the Book
"Anoles: Those Florida Yard Lizards"

Neat Feet. Did you ever wonder how anoles are able to walk straight up smooth surfaces like glass? Actually, the closer you look, the more interesting and involved it gets. First, take a look with a hand-held magnifier to see the lamellae (horizontal flaps with ridges) underneath the feet. Next, apply for a grant to buy a very expensive electron microscope (yuk, yuk). Now you'll see how intricate the feet really are: tiny hair-like projections that bond at a molecular level with the surfaces
they climb.



Anole Feet



Convertible Back Crest.
Many male anoles erect a dorsal crest to make an impression on their competitors. The whole idea is to appear as large as possible and strike fear in the opponent. When calm again, the anole just lowers the convertible top and reverts to normal appearance!



Anole Back Crest


Preferred Habitat. Native Florida green anoles have been driven higher above the ground by invader brown anoles. The greens populate sparsely and require larger living spaces. The brown invaders are more aggressive, live in smaller spaces with higher populations, and favor ground shrubs and lower tree trunks.



Anole Habitat


Tail Spin. Thanks to a tail that can break off and grow back again and again, a fortunate anole may have more lives than a cat (and may need every one of them if there's a clawed, furry fiend in the neighborhood!). The enemy prowls, then attacks and snags the tail, waiting to antagonize or devour the lizard. Suddenly, the perpetrator is left with only a wiggling tail, while the anole scampers to freedom.



Anole Tail

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