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Carolina Anole

Anolis carolinensis.

Description:

Anoles are often called chameleons because they can change color from green to brown and vice versa. The color changes are caused by hormones and can be triggered by temperature, background color or mood. A hormone called intermedin secreted by the pituitary gland is responsible for these changes. Green anoles tend to remain green when temperatures are more than 70 degrees F., whereas they tend to remain brown during cool weather conditions.

Habitat:

Wildlife habitat yard.

Notes:

There's no need to worry about this lizard as it is not harmful to humans or your pets. In fact, if you've seen these lizards in your yard or home, it most likely means you are not using pesticides that could harm it. In fact, these lizards are beneficial, as they do feed on a wide variety of small insects such as crickets, cockroaches, moths, grubs, beetles, flies and grasshoppers. They do not chew their food but swallow it whole.

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joanbstanley
Spotted by
joanbstanley

Texas, USA

Lat: 31.11, Long: -97.50

Spotted on Apr 5, 2016
Submitted on Jun 26, 2016

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