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Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 4.67    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 12/31/2009

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3 to 5 Years


Green Anole

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

Bahama Anoles

Sexing and Characteristics:

Green Anoles are very quick lizards. They shouldn’t’t really be handled much ( try to only hold Green Anoles when cleaning tank.)

Male Anoles have two large scales at the beginning of the tail (anal area). Males are also larger than females.

Female Anoles do not have the two large scales at the beginning of the tail that males have. Females also have a pale pink throat. Female Anoles are also smaller than males.

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Substrate and Water Needs:

Green Anoles’ substrates can vary. You can use coconut fiber or reptile bark bedding. NEVER use any kind of sands, this can be very dangerous for Anoles.

For water, use a shallow water dish with dechlorinated water that should be changed every day. Misting with a misting spray bottle also serves as a water source. Mist several area of the Anole(s) terrarium at least twice a day for humidity in the terrarium. Be careful not to mist the terrarium too much as this can cause fungi growing in the terrarium. (If fungi does grow in terrarium, dispose of substrate and clean terrarium immediately.)

Lighting and UVB:

UVB lights are very important to the health of a Green Anole. UVB lights give out Vitamin D, which is very important to Anoles. It is VERY important that your Anole has a UVB fixture and bulb. Use a full spectrum UVA/UVB bulb for your Green Anole. Without UVB lights, your Anole cannot absorb the vitamins UVB gives out, your Anole will get a bone disease called Metabolic Bone Disease and can lead to death without UVB lights.Your Anole should get about 12 hours of UVB lighting daily. UVA lights aren’t as important as UVB. UVA on reptiles causes mating and normal behavior in Anoles. Anoles also need a heat source, use a basking spot lamp and bulb for reptiles (sold at pet stores). Make sure the heating lamp isn’t too hot (check for appropriate temperatures).

Temperatures and Humidity:

Day Temperature: Use a thermometer at one end of the habitat for the cool side of the terrarium. Day temperatures should be between 75-85 F.

Basking Spot Temperature: Use another thermometer for the hot side/basking area. Basking Spot temperature should be between 85-95 F

Night Temperature: Check either one of your thermometers at night to read temperatures. ( Basking Spot Lamp should be turned off at night). Night Temperature should be between 60-75 F. If temperatures are lower than 60 F at night, use a ceramic heater (you can use a ceramic heater as a basking spot source too).

Humidity Level: To keep the humidity level in the terrarium, mist the terrarium at least twice a day. Humidity levels in the terrarium should be between 70-80%

Heating and Equipment:

Full Spectrum UVA/UVB lights
Basking spot lamp
10 gallon terrarium with screen top or larger (10 gallons per Anole. If you have 2 Anoles you need a 20 gallon terrarium)
Drift wood for climbing and hiding
Artificial or live plants ( Make sure you know which live plants are appropriate for your Anole).
2 Reptile Cage Thermometers
1 Reptile Cage Hygrometer
Food dish (for mealworms and waxworms)
Water dish
Appropriate substrate for Anoles

Caging Provided:

I have 1 Green Anole in a 10 gallon terrarium. It is recommended that 1 Green Anole should have a minimum of 10 gallons of space.



Description of Diet:

Green Anoles eat live insects such as live crickets, mealworms, and waxworms. (TIP: Crickets for Anoles should be about have the size of the Anole’s head). Use small mealworms and waxworms. Anoles should eat a variety of small insects. It is also recommended that you "dust the insects" with reptile calcium (sold at pet stores). Read the calcium bottle’s label to see how frequently to use calcium. By "dusting the insects", you put a small amount of the calcium in a bag with how many crickets or worms your anole will be eating. Shake the bag and the insects will be covered with this calcium. Now offer the live insects to your Anole and your Anole will be eating the insects covered with calcium.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

You can get special reptile vitamins and calcium at the pet store. It is important for your Anole to have this calcium.
Cover the live insects with this calcium and feed to your Anole. (Read the calcium bottle’s label to see how frequently to use calcium/vitamins supplement).


Change the water of the water dish daily in order to provide fresh water for your Anole daily. Feed your Anole daily with appropriate sized insects. Change the substrate and clean the cage at least once a month and remove waste weekly. If Basking Spot lamp or bulb is damaged, replace bulb.
It is also recommended to change the UVA/UVB bulb as manufacturer or company of the bulb is said to be changed for UVA/UVB effectiveness.

Some Words on this Species:

Green Anoles are very nice lizards. They make great starter lizards and are very interesting. If you provide proper care for your Anole, it will have a happy life and can live 3+ years. Treat your Anole with care and be responsible for it.
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