Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis) on a purple sea grape leaf in Key Largo, Florida
My wife and I were waiting in the parking lot at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park to join a scuba dive trip when I saw this particularly brightly-colored anole posing ever so nicely on the sea grape surrounding the parking lot. Ferdy, this one is for you.
The Carolina anole is an arboreal lizard found primarily in the southeastern United States and some Caribbean islands. Other common names include the green anole, American anole and red-throated anole. It is also sometimes referred to as the American chameleon due to its ability to change color from several brown hues to bright green. While many kinds of lizards are capable of changing color, anoles are closely related to iguanas and are not true chameleons.