Green Anoles Are Becoming More Active

By | February 24, 2020

The warm weather has the Green Anoles active here in Arkansas. 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 a while so I may walk away and return later to see if they have moved. The good thing is that they seem to stay in a small area and I am getting better at finding them.

Arkansas Green Anole
Green Anole

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 breeding season takes place during the months of April through July, when usually territorial males become even more aggressive, trying to secure exclusive access to females.

How I Got The Shot – Green Anole

I have certain areas on my property near the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas that have these Northern Green Anoles. I will carry my camera and check these spots during warm weather.

I had my Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera with a EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens attached.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button Focus
  • Aperture f6.3
  • ISO 500
  • Shutter speed – 1/500 of a second
  • Auto White Balance
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Multi Metering
  • Focal Length – 227 mm

Here are a few Prairie Lizards I have photographed on my property:

  1. Prairie Lizard Peeking From Behind Board
  2. Prairie Lizard From Above
  3. Prairie Lizard And Spider
Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based Wildlife Photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma.