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3 to 5 Years


Green Anole (Anolis Carolinensis)

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

Brown Anoles
Bark Anoles

Both have similar life styles but not mentioned in Care Sheet.

Sexing and Characteristics:

Characteristics- very active unless they’re sick


Sexing- Male or Female
white line- females have a white line on they’re spines-not
recommended. males sometimes have a white line on
their backs as well.
aggressiveness- males tend to be more aggressive than
females- not recommended. females can be aggressive
size- normally, males grow larger than females- again, not
recommended. some females can get pretty big. and
some males may not get big enough. also their maturity
level. they might not be fully grown yet.
jaw- males have a longer jaw line- not so accurate.again, it’s
the size of the lizard that effects the jaw size.
dewlap- males have a larger dewlap- not accurate. AGAIN, the size of the lizard is the effect. Even though the males tend to show theirs more than the females for territorial and mating reasons.
mating- when the lizards are mating, the male will be on top
of he female biting her neck softly, having it’s lower body
wrapped around the female.

Mostly Active During:


Substrate and Water Needs:

-Use- -DON’T Use-

-Cypress Mulch -Pine Chips
-Aspen Chips -Cedar Chips
-Potting Soil because they are poisonous
- some Moss
Like in "-use-"
Use fresh water DON’T use tap water
--Tap water tends to leave water marks on the tank walls and it’s a pain to get out--
-For water:
-mist them with a water bottle
-use a dripper system
-use a waterfall rock (with motor)

Lighting and UVB:

Day- keep the enclosure light and warm. make sure to buy the right type of lighting.
Heat bulb
Fluorescent bulb

UVA and UVB give off "Vitamin 3D" which is good for their bones.

Night- if you’re going to put a heat bulb on a night make sure
that it is tinted.

Temperatures and Humidity:

Cooler side (DAY)- keep around 75 degrees
Cooler side (NIGHT)- keep around 70

Warmer side (DAY)- keep around 79 - 83 degrees
Warmer side (NIGHT)- same as cooler side (NIGHT)

Basking- make a small section of the tank for this. and put tall leaves around this area.

Basking Temperature- keep around 90 degrees

Humidity- make sure the humidity is at a level of 75% - 85%

Heating and Equipment:

-Basking light bulb.
-Fluorescent light bulb(s) with both UVA and UVB rays.
-Depending on the size of the enclosure, some heat bulbs.
-Maybe a dark tinted heat bulb for the night.

Caging Provided:

The enclosure that is needed for these little lizards are pretty big. You need a 10 GALLON tank for each anole. Make sure there is no way for the lizards or their food can escape. Make sure that there is a way for air to circulate through the enclosure (don’t cover the entire screen). Also have small holes where wires will fit through when the tank is closed.
Ex: Water dripper system or waterfall rock.

PLANTS- Make sure there are plenty of branches and leaves for the lizards to climb on. Also, make sure their are hiding places for them to HIDE under. The plants don’t have to be real. but it is recommended. Have the right substrate and water. If you have all of this, it’s another step to making your lizards happy. If they mate and the females lay eggs, they’re happy where they are.

I have a 50 Gallon tank for my anoles. and they’re all happy there. I find plenty of eggs.



Description of Diet:

For my lizards, the main diet is the cricket
-fruit flys
Almost any other insect the size of the lizards’ head or less.
For the list above (except for grass hoppers) are in the pet store. buy them small.
Suggestion- buy a rock made for insects to be poured inside of with calcium or vitamin powder. Shake and twist the rock gently to cover insects with powder. There is a small cap that you open to let them come out 1 by 1. It works! It’s made for that.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

Vitamin 3D- comes from UVA and UVB lights
Other Vitamins- comes from powder
Calcium- comes from a powder --I use Jurassi Cal


-Make sure that the enclosure is an appropriate size.
-Make sure that the enclosure they are in is clean.
-make sure that when the enclosure gets dirty, to clean it up.
-It is hard work and needs room for cleaning EVERYTHING in the enclosure. especially if you live in an apartment.
-Do it once a month (in that area).

Some Words on this Species:

These Green Anoles are NOT beginner pets. Even though they are the first reptile i had, and still have. most people think they’re inexpensive..... WRONG!! I used more than $200 on my anoles.
Suggestion- if you have an analog temperature, or humidity gauge, put what temp. Or humidity you want the enclosure at straight up. So when the needle is pointing up, you know the enclosure is comfortable.
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