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Care Sheet for Anoles

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 3.00    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 05/29/2004

Main Category:

Lizards

Sub Category:

Anoles

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Klub_kid

Years Experience:

Under 1 Year

Species:

Green Anole

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

N/A

Sexing and Characteristics:

Males have a large dewlap, ( flap of skin under chin) larger head, and two bulges on there bottom side around the base of the tail. Females have a smaller, less colorful, dewlap and one or no bulges. If you want to check for a large dewlap in a male put a mirror in the tank or outside of the tank proped up on the side and if itís male itíll start bobbing its head and puffing out its dewlap. (Make sure the Anole doesnít cut itself on the corners of the mirror)

Mostly Active During:

Day

Substrate and Water Needs:

For substrates I use repti-bark or reptile carpet (the smoother less stringy kind cuz it cuts of blood circculation). Make sure the food canít hide in the bark. For water I mist it with a spray bottle and fill a water dish but I might take it out because my Anoles donít use them and theyíre a waste of space now cuz my Anoles lick water off the sides or out of the leaves.

Lighting and UVB:

I use a heat lamp but no UVB, but Iím about to get a UV bulb and all that soon.

Temperatures and Humidity:

Keep the day temp. around 75-85 degrees F and night temp. around 65 degrees F. Keep the humidity 60-70% using a spray bottle or automatic mister.

Heating and Equipment:

I use a heat lamp and it keeps the tank a constant 75-85 temp. Keep two thermometers(one for the cool side and one for the hot) and a humidity guage.

Caging Provided:

I have two 10 gallon tankes for each Anole. I have some fake pet store plants and sticks. I have a screen top for full ventilation. I also have a coconut cave for one and a rock cave for the other which relieves stress.

Diet:

Omnivorous

Description of Diet:

I feed mine two crickets every other day as a main food and one waxworm every week as a treat cuz they are high in fat but Anoles love them, you can also use them to fatten up a skinny Anole. I shy away from mealworms cuz they have a hard exoskeleton which can cause bad internal problems the Anole eats to many of them. I havenít used them cuz I canít find any at pet stores but you can feed them silkworms. Try not to feed them anything from outside if you donít have to because of parasites. Donít feed them anything that has been around pesticides as it can kill your Anole, try going into areas away from people or anyone who might spray their areas with anything. Also you can try baby foods like pears or apple sauce or soft fruits.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

I use powders you find at pet stores on my bugs and I feed my bugs many different fruits and vegetables to make them healthy for my Anoles.

Maintenance:

Clean the tank every month or two or when there are too many droppings. DONíT USE CHEMICLES OF ANY KIND. Mix vineger and water to clean stains and fill the tank with hot water to kill anything like bacteria or something like that then put clean substrate in there. If you wanna try it clean the repti-bark if you are using it. The reptile carpet should have instructions on how to clean it, thereís this cleaning stuff for the carpet that pet stores sell that is used for that.

Some Words on this Species:

Anoles would be a kind of easy to keep after they get used to you. One of mine wonít stay near a human at all but my other one will jump on me and let me pet him/her (I donít know yet).
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