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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. Anolis carolinensis,Carolina anole,Geotagged,United States,Winter Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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.

    comments (6)

  1. Beautiful, I love how the colours compliment each other. Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks Claire! This has always been one of my favorites of the photos I've taken, due to the simplicity and colors, and the wise look in that anole's eye. Posted 4 years ago
  2. I am honored, John! A true JungleDragon this species is, and so are you :) Posted 4 years ago
    1. Did you recognize the eye? Posted 4 years ago
      1. I have to admit that I didn't, sorry. My mind was preoccupied! Great touch. Posted 4 years ago
  3. Well captured shot... Good one! Posted 4 years ago

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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.

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by John Sullivan
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Uploaded Dec 12, 2015. Captured Feb 7, 2004 04:05 in 102601 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, USA.
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