Green Anole In A Tree

The Green Anole: A Master of Camouflage in the Trees of Arkansas

Green Anoles are a common sight on many decks and patios, but there is something special about seeing these lizards blending in seamlessly with the lush greenery of trees. I was lucky enough to capture one of these elusive creatures on camera on my property near the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas.

Green Anole In Tree
Green Anole In Tree

To capture this shot, I used a Fujifilm X-T3 camera paired with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens, attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro. I hand-held the camera and took the photo on May 7, 2020.

Did you know that Green Anoles are not native to Arkansas? They were actually introduced to the state as pets and have since established themselves as a successful invasive species. Despite their non-native status, Green Anoles play an important role in the ecosystem by serving as a food source for many predators and helping to control insects. These versatile lizards are also capable of changing color from brown to green, allowing them to blend in with their surroundings and avoid detection from predators.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Aperture f7.1
  • ISO 800
  • Shutter speed – 1/1900 sec.
  • Exposure Bias – +0.33 EV
  • Focal Length – 360 mm

Here is another photo of this same Green Anole: Green Anole On A Dead Log

Here is another one I photographed but it is more of a brown color: Green Anoles Are Becoming More Active