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Knight Anole

(Anolis equestris)


is a species of lizard in the Polychrotidae family, and the largest species of anole. Other common names include Cuban knight anole.


It is native to Cuba, but has been introduced into Miami-Dade (including Miami Beach), Broward, Palm Beach, and Collier counties of Florida. It grows to a length of 13 to 20 inches (33 to 51 cm) including the tail. It is now widely introduced in South Florida where it reproduces and spreads readily. They can not withstand freezing temperatures and in winter freezes in south Florida they drop semi-consciously from tree canopies. In its native Cuba this large anole is called “chispojo”.


@ The Jungle Island but not an exhibit

1 species ID suggestions

Aaron_G 6 years ago
Knight anole
Anolis equestris Knight Anole


tibiprada 5 years ago

Helena k, great remarks.. You are right it looks totally different and particularly big. I haven't seen anything similar. Noah IDed.
I look forward to learning more about this awesome species.

Helena k
Helena k 5 years ago

He looks rare! Where were you when you took the pic? Oh, wait, Der. It says where right here. My bad. How do you know what type it is for sure???? I mean, it could be an anole with a disease or something. Or did you ask google? You probably did. Anyway, great spotting and I'm off to see more!!!!!!

Helena Kate

tibiprada 6 years ago

Goody: thanks .. it was big...indeed, not the regular Anole size :-)

harsuame 6 years ago


Miami, Florida, USA

Lat: 25.78, Long: -80.21

Spotted on Sep 5, 2011
Submitted on Apr 26, 2012


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