The Vibrant Dewlap of Green Anoles

As a wildlife photographer, I am always on the lookout for fascinating creatures to capture through my lens. Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing a Green Anole in its full splendor, displaying its vibrant dewlap. This sighting was on my property near the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas.

The Vibrant Dewlap of The Green Anole
The Vibrant Dewlap of The Green Anole

The Green Anole is a common lizard species found throughout the southeastern United States, and their brilliant green coloration makes them a favorite among photographers like myself. What sets this species apart is their dewlap, a colorful flap of skin located beneath their chin. Male Green Anoles will often display their dewlap as a territorial signal to potential mates or rivals. The dewlap can range in color from bright red to pink, and even orange or yellow.

In the Ouachita National Forest, I have been lucky enough to spot these charming lizards in various locations. The Green Anoles in this region are not skittish and will often tolerate my presence, allowing me to capture stunning close-up photographs. Watching these lizards display their dewlap is a spectacular sight to witness and photograph.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoy photographing the Green Anoles of the Ouachita National Forest. Their striking coloration and fascinating dewlap make for captivating images, and their relaxed demeanor provides ample opportunities for me to get the perfect shot. If you ever have the chance to visit this area, keep an eye out for these delightful lizards and their stunning displays.

Here are some additional facts about Green Anoles:

  • They are typically 6-8 inches long, including their tail.
  • They are insectivores and eat a variety of insects, including flies, mosquitoes, and moths.
  • They are diurnal, meaning they are active during the day.
  • They are found in a variety of habitats, including forests, woodlands, and urban areas.
  • They are native to the southeastern United States, but have been introduced to other parts of the world, including Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

Gear Used:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R7
  • Lens: Canon RF 100-500 mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM


  • Location: Near The Ouachita National Forest (Arkansas)
  • Date and Time Taken: May 6, 2023 (10:12 A. M.)
  • Exposure Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f8
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000
  • ISO: 1250 (Auto)
  • Exposure Compensation: +0.3
  • Focal Length: 500 mm

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