Green Anole Spitting A Tick Out

By | April 26, 2016
A Green Anloe with a tick

Green Anole – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 Lens | @400mm | 1/1000 | f/6.3| ISO 800

Green Anole and Tick

Green Anole – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 Lens | @400mm | 1/1000 | f/6.3| ISO 800

Green Anole and a Tick

Green Anole – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 Lens | @400mm | 1/1000 | f/6.3| ISO 640

I got lucky and was able to photograph a Green Anole spitting a tick out. I couldn’t get a photo of it catching the tick mainly because I am not fast enough. When this lizard spots something to eat from a distance it will jump to it and catch it which is what happened this time. If I could spot its prey first I may get a photo one of these days.

I was a little disappointed to see the Green Anole spitting the tick out. We need all the help we can get on getting rid of ticks. I read that Green Anoles can’t digest anything with a hard exterior because it will stress the digestive tract. I’m not sure this is the reason for spitting it out.

I am also lucky that I have these lizards living on my deck which makes it easy for me to observe and photograph them.

Here is another photo of this Anole displaying: Green Anole Displaying His Dewlap

Green Anole Facts

An anole’s diet consists of small insects such as crickets, grasshoppers, spiders, and other arthropods. Many people who keep these lizards as pets feed them mealworms, grubs, maggots, and small crickets. Mealworms stress an anole’s digestive tract due to the worms’ hard exteriors.

Green anoles like to leap down on potential prey and engulf it. (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.

One thought on “Green Anole Spitting A Tick Out

  1. Valerie

    Steve, that’s an amazing series of shots. It would be helpful to you if he had eaten it.
    Wishing you many more green anoles.
    Valerie

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