Carolina Anole (Anolis carolinensis)
Basking on a fallen oak tree at a forest edge. It was rather cold out, but this guy wanted to soak up some of the warm sun. It was quite curious what exactly I was up to.
Carolina anoles have the ability to change between two primary shades, green and gray-brown. Skin color may change in response to ambient temperature, sexual arousal, or environmental stress.
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. The Carolina is a small lizard; male.. more