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Future herpitologist

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3 to 5 Years


Green Anole

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Sexing and Characteristics:

There are a variety of different ways the Sex an anole but most of them aren’t that reliable. The ones that I have found that work best are:
Female: usually have a white, gray, or lighter green line down their back, but the juvenile males have this too. Females have a smaller dewlap (some don’t even have one) than the males and is much duller

Male: they have to scales that are larger than the rest that look like bumps where their tail meets their body and their dewlap, which looks like wrinkled skin under their chin, is bright red/orange and is about the size of a dime.

NOTE: do NOT have to males in one tank (unless you have enough room for each of them to have their own territory) otherwise they will fight to the death

Anoles are from 6-8 inches long fully grown.

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Substrate and Water Needs:

Personally, I use Reptibark but there are many others. As long as you use something that they can’t get their toes caught on (if they do get caught, the anole will rip the toe off) and NEVER USE SAND. THIS CAN CAUSE IMPACTION IF SWALLOWED AND MAY KILL YOUR ANOLE!!! Also, don’t use something you find outside (like dirt from outside) because they may get sick from it

For water you should mist the tank 2-4 times a day. This will keep the humidity up and the anole will drink the water from the leaves and side of the tank. Anoles don’t usually drink from standing water but you can have some so it can bathe in it, and/or put it under the lamp to raise the humidity in the tank.They also like the sound of running water. I have a waterfall in mine, but it is completely optional NEVER USE TAP WATER!!!!!!!! The Chlorine in tap water (any water you get from the city source) is like a poison to anloes. Use distilled water or spring water, but if you do use tap boil it for about 25 minutes to get rid of the chlorine.

Lighting and UVB:

I think a 60Watt Flucker’s UVB Reptile Basking is very good especially if you want to breed. Have your basking/heat lamp on for 10-14 hours a day, and during the night, use a Infrared light to simulate moonlight.
Having a UVB light is essential for the production of vitamin D3 which is need to absorb calcium.

Temperatures and Humidity:

The average day temperature should be anywhere from 70-80 degrees with nigh time temps around 60-70 degrees. The basking spot should be around 90-100 degrees.

For humidity it should be around 70-85%

You can make sure these are right with a hygrometer for humidity and a couple of thermometers for the temp.

Heating and Equipment:

NEVER USE A HEAT ROCK! Heat rocks will burn your anole to death. For some reason they don’t realize they are getting burnt and will actually fall asleep.

Caging Provided:

In your tank you should have lots of stuff for your anole to climb on because they are arboreal (they live in the trees). You should have some plants (real or fake, it doesn’t matter), rocks, vines, and sticks for it to climb and play on.

Your tank should be MINIMUM 10 gallons per anole. I have a 20 gallon aquarium with a heat resistant screen top for my little girl.



Description of Diet:

Anoles are Insectivorous, meaning they eat insects.
You can feed them crickets (their main diet). Meal worm are OK, but only occasionally because their exoskeleton is hard to digest. You can also feed them Wax worms, but only as a treat because they are high in fat. If your anole needs to gain weight then you should feed them wax worms. NEVER feed them you caught yourself because they may contain bacteria or parasites that can kill your anole.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

You should dust your crickets with a calcium powder before you feed them to you anole to make sure it gets its calcium.


Anole are fairly easy to take care of. They are great starters and are fun to watch. You should clean the tank every 2-3 weeks. Do not use soap or any cleaning products unless you rinse EXTREMELY WELL. The chemicals can kill your anole.

Some Words on this Species:

Anoles are very cheap to buy and don’t need to be held or cuddled. If you do decide to hold it don’t touch it much until it gets used to you and decides you don’t want to eat/kill it. then it will let you run you fingers down its spine and it will lay back in your palm while you rub its belly.

If I have missed anything/said anything wrong, please feel free to tell me and leave a comment.
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