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Green Anole (Anolis Carolinensis)

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Sexing and Characteristics:

Change skin coloring from Green to Brown. Full grown adult 5-8 inches in length, mostly tail. One male only per tank. Live 3-5 years (average) up to 8 possible. Each Anole requires minimum of 10 gallons of living space. Dewlap (will display under chin) on males tends to be more prominent. Should not be housed with other species of lizards, etc..

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Substrate and Water Needs:

Cheapest and just fine to use substrate for bottom of tank is plain clean paper towels. Can use pet store lizard substrate/stuff for bottom of tank. About 1 1/2" to 2" at bottom of tank. Do NOT use plain dirt, etc.. of unknown pollutant status. Change and replace substrate during every 3-4 week complete tank cleaning, more often if conditions require. Can use "correct" type of potting soil - *see Anole forum for details (desire live plants). Use only non-chlorinated untreated water. Best water has been thru Reverse Osmosis process. Distilled water good or Spring water okay. Can buy in gallon jugs from Supermarket if local water supply treated where you live. Often will not drink from water bowl. Mist tank with spray bottle of fresh clean water 2-3 times a day to maintain proper humidity level. Will lick water off plants and tank walls. Do not spray Anole directly. Gentle falling mist is correct way.
Clean tank with hot water. Can use 3% diluted bleach solution, but must rinse tank with HOT water VERY well afterwards. Do NOT use household cleaning chemicals to clean tank or tank furniture, etc.., If water bowl used change once daily or more if gets contaminated. Put small stones or some paper towel in water bowl to keep crickets from drowning in water. Too much water or humidity not good either. Use Hygrometer in tank ($3.00-$4.00 USA) to measure tank humidity level.

Lighting and UVB:

Minimum light requirements are a good regular fluorescent overhead light/bulb/lamp 12 hours a day and a heat lamp/bulb/light (infrared - goto pet store) 24 hours a day (adjust if you live in warm/hot area location year round) and a UVA (UltraViolet) producing light/bulb/lamp 12 hours a day.
UVB producing fluorescent light/bulb/lamp 12 hours a day and youíll need to get up to speed on this one, itís tricky but most beneficial to Anole. Most Anole keepers prefer overhead tank hood lights which can be bought with room for multiple bulbs in overhead tank hood. Can put all lights on automatic timer electric on/off to maintain regular lighting conditions essential to Anole and less work for you.

Temperatures and Humidity:

Daytime temperature range of 80-96 degrees Fahrenheit with hottest spot in "basking" area of Anoleís tank. Nighttime temperature range of 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit. Can (but rarely fall outside these ranges by 10-15 degrees Fahrenheit). Humidity should be about 65% but at least 50% and not above 65% year round. Stay aware of changing temperature in area of the world where you live and adjust Anoles tanks temperature and humidity levels accordingly. Use one hygrometer to measure humidity (plus a portable one if you can) and at least 2 thermometers in tank one at hottest spot in tank and one at coolest spot. Anole wants a hot spot when heís cold and a cool spot when heís hot and the rest of the tank area in between the two extremes.

Heating and Equipment:

Overhead heat lamp/bulb/light fluorescent infrared 24 hours a day (unless you live in very warm or hot region of the world) to maintain day temp of avg 85 degrees Fahrenheit and nighttime temperature of around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Some use under the tank heaters under tank or attached to one side of tank. Adjust temp equipment in tank with changing of seasons where you live.

Caging Provided:

American Anole keepers recommend 10 gallon tank space for each Anole. Europeans generally opt for bigger tanks for single Anole - about 40 gallons! 10 gallon minimum is okay for each Anole. Iím going for 20 gallon high (16" high by 20 inches long by 12 inches wide) for single Anole. Glass with cover to keep Anole from escaping.



Description of Diet:

*Disregard Diet type label above. Anoles are Insectivorous. Simply put, they eat insects. The diet is mainly crickets. I feed mine daily each morning shortly after I turn the day lighting on. I
like to give him 20 minutes or so to wake up. He generally eats 2-3 crickets a day, but sometimes does not eat any for a day or so. I vary this with waxworms every two weeks one or two days. I dust his crickets every 2-3 days with a vitamin D3 calcium dietary supplement just prior to feeding the crickets to him using a ziplock bag with some of this dusting powder in it.
Anoles must have calcium supplements and in order to synthesize their calcium intake they require vitamin D3 or they WILL get sick and... A varied diet is best. Crickets mostly, once in a while Waxworms and Iíve heard small silkworms are excellent for Anoles if you can get them in your area.Anoles in the wild are known to nibble on some specific plants and in captivity may enjoy a small amount of peach baby food. Worth a try as a treat. Remove promptly from tank if not eaten.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

Calcium supplement is essential as is vitamin D3 unless advanced Anole keeper and you know how and are certain you are providing Anole with proper amount of UVB lighting. Dusting Anoles crickets every 2-3 feedings is fine. Donít overdue it. Too much is no good either.


Fresh food and water essential daily. Entire tank and contents cleaned at least every 2-3 weeks or more often if conditions call for it. Not too often as it is going to disturb Anole being removed from his tank so you can clean it. If using UVB lighting, change UVB as indicated by UVB bulb manufacturer.

Some Words on this Species:

Care about your Anole as well as care for him/her. Take advantage of the Anole message forum here on the 24 hour 7 days a week 365 days a year RepticZone message board website WWW.RepticZone.Com where there are a lot of other Anole keepers who are very knowledgeable about keeping Anoles and are very generous and will gladly answer any questions you might have about how best to care for your Anole. Peace. Lizard~King

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