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Knight Anole

Anolis equestris

Description:

It is fiercely territorial. Aggressive to anything that enters its territory, the knight anole will face almost any intruder it perceives to be a threat (from a distance). During its display, a lizard will sit high on all fours, gape menacingly, turn green, and perhaps bob its head. Males will extend their dewlap (a reddish-white flap underneath their chin), and both females and males will "puff themselves up" with air.

Habitat:

Its main habitat is shady tree trunks, for these lizards are aboreal tree dwellers. The knight anole is a diurnal predator, though by warming itself on asphalt, rocks, or sidewalks at the end of the day it may be able to remain active for a while into the night.

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3 Comments

Scarletthdz
Scarletthdz 9 years ago

yes it's a captive one.... I hadn't seen that type of lizard.. so I took a pic..

ScottRasmussen
ScottRasmussen 9 years ago

Is this a captive lizard? I didn't know Knight Anoles had escaped to Mexico. They're native to Cuba and are becoming a bit of a pest in parts of Florida.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Beautiful picture. It looks so wise.

Scarletthdz
Spotted by
Scarletthdz

Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico

Spotted on Jul 4, 2011
Submitted on Jul 5, 2011

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