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Care Sheet for Anoles

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 2.50    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 01/21/2007

Main Category:

Lizards

Sub Category:

Anoles

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Atla

Years Experience:

1 to 2 Years

Species:

Green anoles

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

Brown Anoles

Sexing and Characteristics:

(this is my first time so take it easy on me!)

Male anoles eventually grow larger than females. the heads of males become proportionately larger with age. Males have much larger Dewlaps compared to females. Most females retain a white to grayish middorsal line more prominent than when presented in males (most males lack a middorsal line). If in doubt, the most noticeable difference is the prominent hemipenile bulge clearly visible in older males at the base of the tail.

Mostly Active During:

Day

Substrate and Water Needs:

Ground medium: Small grade orchid bark, smooth aquarium pea gravel, peat moss based potting soil WITHOUT perlite, 1-1 1/2 inch of gravel for drainage and then 2-3inch layer of sand, (add 10% sand) peat based potting soil with no fertilizer.

Water- Anoles do not drink stagnant water so here are some tips.
Use a handsprayer with purified water, tap water creates unsightly calcium residue, spray the tank a few times a day and the lizards will drink from droplets that have accumulated on the leaves. the spraying will also keep up the humidity.

Lighting and UVB:

Incandescent bulbs in a reflector type fixture at one end of the tank to keep a basking area. arrange rocks and other sticks and plants around this area for basking. UVB lights create "sunlight" for the animals and during the summer months keep it at 14 hours of daylight and in the winter it should be cut back to 10hours.

Temperatures and Humidity:

The temperature should be kept at around 80-86 degrees in the basking areas and a few degrees cooler on the other side of the tank.

Heating and Equipment:

There should be a subtank heating system underneath the tank, nursery soil heating cables are a good choice and should be set on an external thermometer.

Caging Provided:

I keep 3 anoles in a 30gallon tank with the adequate heating and light along with live plants and moss. The good kinds of plants that you can provide are the Snakeplant, birdsnest sansevieria, common snakeplant, and the sansevieria "moonshine"
some of the vines I have yet to put in (that I have in my greenhouse) are the creeping fig, rosary vine, heartleaf philodendron and the passion vines.

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

The rule of thumb with anoles is never feed it anything bigger than the snout. Pinhead crickets are a good choice and so are small waxworms. if the waxworms are allowed to pupate, the resulting moths will be relished by the anoles.
Place crickets in a container with food for 12-24hours so that they become gutloaded, this will provide extra nutrients for the lizards.

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