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Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 3.00    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 06/10/2011

Main Category:

Lizards

Sub Category:

Anoles

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Galanoth

Years Experience:

10 to 15 Years

Species:

Breeding Green Anoles

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

N/A

Care Sheet Information:

First of all, you should know it’s easy to breed green anoles but it’s very hard to keep baby anoles alive until they’re old enough to take care of themselves. Before you decide to breed green anoles, be sure to sex them first. There cannot be two males.

If you’re sure you really want to breed anoles and you’re prepared to incubate the eggs and feed the babies, then let’s proceed. Make sure keeping green anoles are legal to keep in your state. For example, Georgia doesn’t allow for green anoles to be kept. However, if you bought an anole from a large pet store like petco, then the anole is legal. However, if green anoles are native to where you live, you should check state law to see if keeping the anoles is legal.

If your green anoles are legal, then it’s time to carry out the next step of breeding. Step 1 is make sure your tank is large enough for the male to have a proper territory but still have some room left over. A 20 gal tank is recommended. There should be plenty of plants (artificial or organic work) and high perches in the male’s territory. Just because there are plants in the male’s territory, this doesn’t mean there cannot be plants in the female’s territory. Make sure to put water on the plants when misting the tank. Make the conditions resemble spring or summer.

The male anole will climb high onto one of the perches in his territory and bob his head and show his dewlap. This will induce ovulation in sexually mature females including the ones who are still carrying sperm from past copulations.

When a sexually mature female anole is ready to mate, she will go into the male’s territory. The male will in turn chase the female and bite her to begin copulation. Once the male has finished mating, he will release the female and the female cannot breed again. However, the male will mate with the female again, often seven times.

After each mating, the female will lay 10-12 eggs within two weeks. However, before each egg is laid, the female must be courted. The eggs will most likely be found in nest scraped from the soil or at the base of a plant.

The eggs don’t have to be incubated and can be left in the tank. If the eggs are left in the tank, they will hatch a week later.

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