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Care Sheet for Anoles

Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 4.06    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 07/16/2004

Main Category:

Lizards

Sub Category:

Anoles

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Lizlady

Years Experience:

15 to 20 Years

Species:

Green Anole

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

Brown otherwise known as Bahaman, or de la sagras

Sexing and Characteristics:

Male anoles have a large red dewlap and are generally larger than females. Occasionally, the brown anoles will have a crest on the back of their heads and upper back. Female Greens have a light brown to white stripe down the middle of their backs.

Mostly Active During:

Day

Substrate and Water Needs:

I personally use bed a beast, itís the best, safest substrate for anoles. DO NOT EVER USE SAND OF ANY SORT. This can cause impaction and death. If using cage carpet be careful as their toe nails can be caught in it and rip their toes off.

Lighting and UVB:

I use a heat lamp and a reptile uv light. they require 10 - 14 hours of uv light each day in order to digest calcium properly, without proper calcium digestion they will get metabolic bone disease. They have to have uv lighting.

Temperatures and Humidity:

During the day, general temps should run between 75 and 85, basking should be 90 ish, and at night from 65 to 70. Humidity should hover around 70 %, humidity can be increased by putting a bowl of water under the heat lamp.

Heating and Equipment:

The heat lamp should be sufficient for heat. You need a water bowl, you can get these at a pet store that look like a rock. Real or artificial plants are important as anoles are arboreal. climbing sticks, small rocks that donít tip or rock. Anoles love the sound of running water, I have a small waterfall in my tank, you can get them at a pet store.

Caging Provided:

I have 3 anoles in a 55 gallon aquarium with a screen lid and bed a beast as a substrate also found in a pet store. 55 gallon tanks can house 6 or 7 anoles just make sure there is only male in the bunch as the males will fight to the death.

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

Main diet should consist mostly of crickets dusted with calcium dust, they can be fed an occasional mealworm (mealies) but too many is harmful because of their hard shell. It can cause impaction and stomach perforations as well as perforated bowl. Wax worms are a great treat, but are very fatty so should be fed only on occasion.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

All food items should be dusted with a calcium dust you can get at a pet store

Maintenance:

Clean the cage completely approximately once a month depending on how many anoles you have, spot clean the cage at least once a week.

Some Words on this Species:

Anoles do not like to drink standing water, it is best to mist the cage a few times a day, especially the leaves of the plants, they will lap the droplets off the leaves. It also helps increase the humidity in the cage.
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