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Care Sheet for Anoles

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 0    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 09/12/2007

Main Category:

Lizards

Sub Category:

Anoles

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

GeckoLuvr

Years Experience:

3 to 5 Years

Species:

Green Anole

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

N/A

Sexing and Characteristics:

I find the best way to sex your anole, is by placing them in front of a mirror, and seeing if they start bobbing their heads at it. If they do, then more and likely, they are male. Other ways are looking at the dewlap, but sometimes that’s not accurate either. I’ve also noticed that the males are larger than the females. Granted, there are some big females as well.

Mostly Active During:

Day

Substrate and Water Needs:

I mist my anole’s enclosure about 3 times daily. I put a lot of greenery in their with them so they can climb, and also, so they can drink off of the leaves.

Lighting and UVB:

I have a huge 55 gallon tank for my anoles, so I use 75 watt. A smaller tank, and I would say no higher than 40-50 watt. Just really depends on how high up you have their basking spots. If the basking spot is right up by the light, than you want a smaller wattage bulb. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES DO YOU USE A HEAT ROCK. HEAT ROCKS CAN BURN THE UNDERSIDE OF YOUR ANOLES! Heat blankets underneath the tank is alright to use though. Just remember, you also need the lamp that will provide heat and UVB, they need that for their skin.

Temperatures and Humidity:

My temperatures for my anoles are 80-85 in their enclosure, and 90 at the peak of their basking spot. They seem to really enjoy that temperature. Humidity is piratically based on how much you mist the tank, and if water is in the tank. I mist 3 times daily, and the anoles are comfortable.

Heating and Equipment:

I use my heating lamp, 75 watt for my 55 gallon tank. I also use a heat blanket underneath for night time. I also have greenery and logs in there for them to be able to hide, and to also drink off of the greenry. I’ve learned they also enjoy to have a couple of rocks in there.

Caging Provided:

A 55 gallon fish tank.

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

For my adult anoles, I find that they enjoy either the 1/2 inch crickets, or the anole food (which is just dead fruit flies) the most. Anoles mainly like to hunt their food, but they will eat the anole food. You can also use mealworms, or wax worms. For baby anoles, I use mealworms, and 0.25 inch crickets.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

You need to sprinkle your crickets with calcium supplement. You also need to gut load your food for your anoles, they have stuff you can buy for this purpose. You also need to provide a water source for the food for your crickets. You need healthy food to feed your anole, or else your anole will get sick.

Maintenance:

They are actually pretty easy lizards. You want to clean their cage out at least once every 3 weeks. And you want to make sure they are feed at least every 2-4 days.

Some Words on this Species:

I love the anole species. But, they can turn out to be expensive. Make sure you got the money, before you decide to keep them as pets.
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