The Green Anoles Are Becoming More Active

By | February 22, 2016
A Northern Green Anole on a limb

A Northern Green Anole – Canon 7D2 | Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L v2 Lens | @227mm | 1/500| f/6.3| ISO 640

The warm weather we have been having here in Arkansas seems to have the Green Anoles active. The past couple of days I have seen a total of five in one area of my yard. These lizards are great for photographing when they get this active. They allow you to get close most of the time if you are careful in your approach. I sometimes have to wait for them to move to an area where I can get a photo of them on a good perch. This may take awhile so I may walk away and return later to see if they have moved. The good thing is that they seem to remain in a small area and I am getting better at finding them.

I read that the Northern Green Anoles that we have here in Arkansas, seek cover in cold weather but do not go deep underground.

A great time to see the males displaying will be coming up in a couple of months. The reproductive season takes place during the months of April through July, when the typically territorial males become even more intensely territorial, attempting to secure exclusive access to groups of females.

This is a great time to see the males dewlap. The dewlap is commonly pinkish in color and thought to be used by males to increase visibility as they court females. Displaying the dewlap may also represent a competitive status between males; in these cases, dewlap displays usually relate to territory boundary disputes. (EOL)

Here is a photograph I made of a male showing its pinkish dewlap: Male And Female Northern Green Anole

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.

3 thoughts on “The Green Anoles Are Becoming More Active

  1. Bonnie

    They have been sleeping in Florida, yesterday is the first time I have seen one in a while now.

    I love their activity, they are all over the outside of my porch and windows.


  2. Marilyn Kircus

    Nice shot. I love anoles as well and found two of them sunning themselves while in South Carolina. However I also found a dozen bigger “lizards” AKA alligators. Spring must be here.

    1. Steve Creek Post author

      We have had spring like weather until today. I may get snow and then back into the upper 60s by this weekend.

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