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Knight Anole

Anolis equestris


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.


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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Scarletthdz 9 years ago

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

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 9 years ago

Beautiful picture. It looks so wise.

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Veracruz, Veracruz, Mexico

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

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