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Care Sheet for Anoles

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 3.00    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 07/14/2006

Main Category:

Lizards

Sub Category:

Anoles

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Anonymous

Years Experience:

Over 20 Years

Species:

Green anole, brown anole

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

ice cream

Sexing and Characteristics:

Green anoles~

there are a lot of myths floating around like that white stripe meaning its a female, WRONG! for greens, the best way is to look for two large scales where the tail meets the hip, these are called the post anal scales. if it has these, its a male.

brown anole~

females have a diamond shape down their back.

Mostly Active During:

Day

Substrate and Water Needs:

For substrates, use about an inch of organic potting soil so females can lay eggs and you can secure decorations

for water, most do not drink from water bowls, you will need to spray the leaves of plants and the walls of the tank constantly to give them ample drinking water and to keep humidity up

Lighting and UVB:

Anoles NEED uvb to digest certain minerals. many lights say that they produce uva, but you need the uvb or your anoles will starve.

a heat light is needed for basking and additional heat.

Temperatures and Humidity:

Basking temp~ 90

air temp (hot side)~80

cool side ~70

humidity~ 60-70

Heating and Equipment:

You will need a temp gun in order to get the correct basking temp. you will need 2 thermometers, one on each side, to make sure the temps are correct. you will also need a hydrometer to check humidity.

Caging Provided:

No matter the age or sex of the anoles, IT IS 10 GALLONS PER ANOLE OF THESE SPECIES! bigger is better. you will need many plants and other things for your anoles to climb/bask/sleep on. some things other than plants that are commonly used are sticks and vines. but what type of plants should you use?

live

advantages~ helps keep humidity up, produces oxygen, crickets can nibble on it instead of your anoles tail, can be bought cheap at a local dollar store.

disadvantages~ needs constant watering, can die, may be toxic

fake

advantages~ doesn’t die, doesn’t need care, isn’t toxic

disadvantages~ *can* be a little pricey, doesn’t keep humidity up, doesn’t produce oxygen.



disadvantages~

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

Crickets. do not feed meal worms for they are hard to digest. a sick/ thin anole can be given wax worms to fatten it up, but do not feed as a staple. anoles also like moths.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

Calcium and D should be given to juveniles and gravid females.

Maintenance:

The cage walls should be washed once a week and the entire cage should be cleaned with a bleach free solution once a month.

Some Words on this Species:

DO NOT HANDLE! it stresses them out which leads to growth of parasites. anoles can be very entertaining pets... to look at. they are pretty cheap but their equipment is not.
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