Green Anole Displaying His Dewlap

By | April 19, 2016
Green Anole displaying his dewlap

Green Anole – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 Lens | @400mm | 1/2000 | f/8.0| ISO 800

I spotted this Green Anole displaying his dewlap when I was getting ready to step off my deck. I have to watch where I step when I walk around my deck because I’m afraid I will step on one of these Green Anoles. I guess he thought I was a threat to his territory and that’s why he was flaring his dewlap.

A few more photos of the Green Anoles I have photographed:
The Green Anoles Are Becoming More Active
Northern Green Anoles In The Fall Leaves
A Northern Green Anole In A Tree
Green Anole Licking Water Droplets Off A Leaf

Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis) Facts

Male anoles are strongly territorial creatures. Some have even been witnessed fighting their own reflections in mirrored glass. The male will fight other males to defend his territory. On sighting another male, the anole will compress his body, extend the dewlap, bob his head and attempt to chase the rival away. If the rival male continues to approach, anoles will fight. Their territory, which is about 35 cubic feet, usually includes two to three females.

The Carolinian anole is diurnal and active throughout the year, peaking in spring and fall. Winter activity is dependent on sun and temperature.

The typical breeding season for green anoles starts as early as April and ends in late September, gonadal activity being largely regulated by photoperiod, enlarging in spring as the weather warms up and days lengthen, and then regressing in late summer.

During this time, the males patrol their territory and most brilliant displays of these creatures can be seen, as the males defend their territory and females, while courting the females with their elaborate displays of extending their brightly colored dewlaps while bobbing up and down, almost doing a dance. The dewlap is also used to ward off other males. (Wikipedia)

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

2 thoughts on “Green Anole Displaying His Dewlap

  1. Valerie

    Cute little guy. It’s fun to watch them stalk their prey.
    For 2-3 years we’ve had a three-legged female but have not seen her yet. Keeping our fingers crossed.
    Thanks for your excellent shot, Steve.

  2. Cindy H

    As far as he’s concerned, displaying his dewlap worked because you’re not bothering him! 😉

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