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Care Sheet for Anoles

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 0    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 08/25/2007

Main Category:

Lizards

Sub Category:

Anoles

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

12Josh12

Years Experience:

1 to 2 Years

Species:

Green Anole

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

N/A

Sexing and Characteristics:

Male anoles are larger than females. They have a longer jaw line, larger head, and do have the hemipenes that is visible at the vent. Both have a dewlap, but the Male’s is larger and he will show it much more often than the female.

Females have the shorter jaw line, smaller head and while both my have a white stripe down the spine when young, the male usually loses his while the female retains it.

Mostly Active During:

Day

Substrate and Water Needs:

A substrate of peat moss and soil with or without a layer of bark is an ideal substrate for anoles. Live plants help maintain humidity and provide cover - try Sansevierias bromeliads, philodendrons, ivy, orchids and vines. Pieces of bark and branches should also be provided for climbing and basking. For water mist the tank 3-4 times a day the anoles will lick the drops off the leaves of the plants.

Lighting and UVB:

Green Anoles require UV light for vitamin k and proper digestion. In addition to the incandescent basking light, provide a full spectrum UVA/UVB light for 10-12 hours per day

Temperatures and Humidity:

A humidity level of 60-70% is necessary for anoles. This can usually be achieved by misting the inside of the tank daily. It is a good idea to measure the humidity level to make sure it is adequate for anoles.During the day, provide a gradient from 75-80 F with a basking spot of 85-90 F.Night temperature can drop to a gradient of 65-75 F. Make sure that there is a cool and hot side of the tank so the anoles can choose what they want

Heating and Equipment:

A combination of under tank heating and a basking light on one side of the tank works well

Caging Provided:

I have 2 green anoles in a 15 gallon tank. Be sure to get a tall tank instead of along one because anoles like to climb. NEVER house male together because they are very territorial and will fight to then death. Females will get along as long as there is enough room for them to feel comfortable. Make sure that you have a screen or mesh lid secured tight

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

My anoles are on a cricket, housefly, and moth diet. Its best to feed them a variety of insects so they can get a good amount of nutrition. You can also feed them meal worms wax-worms and silk worms. Be sure to never feed them an insect larger than their head or they will choke on it and die. Make sure that the crickets are properly gut loaded and calcium dusted

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

I use Tetrafauna ReptoCal powdered nutritional supplement. to use get a small plastic zip lock baggie and put a small amount in every 2 days put 3-6 crickets in (depending on how many an oles you have) close it and shake the bag until the crickets are covered in the powder then put them in the tank

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