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 Need Advice - Anole Popsicle

Folks,

Let me start out by saying I’m not one of those crazy people that takes wild animals in as pets/forces them into captivity. That said, I need advice on what to do with this wild anole. I live in Charleston, SC and during the warmer months, we have green anoles EVERYWHERE. Yesterday, the high was about 39 degrees, although it never got warmer than 37 after 12pm. I stepped outside on our back porch around 3pm and noticed a dead leaf sitting on the floorboards. Upon closer inspection, it wasn’t a dead leaf at all, but a small green anole (brown at the time) that appeared to be in serious trouble. I approached the little guy and picked her up gently, cupping her in my two hands. She didn’t attempt to flee or even move in the slightest bit when I picked her up, which was the fist sign of major distress. Usually they take off whenever I get close, especially if I attempt to pick one up. This one was so cold that it felt like I was holding an ice cube. I took her inside and let her warm up in my hands, and after about two minutes she started to move. Her movements were very jerky and uncoordinated, but as the minutes went by she became more and more alert, and after about 10 minutes she was climbing up my arm and sitting on my shoulder. Normally, I would have let her go at this point, but I wasn’t about to put her back outside in the sub 40-degree weather. So I went out to the pet store and spent about $100 on a terrarium and other necessary supplies to house her temporarily. It’s not a total waste of money because I plan to get some poison dart frogs in the near future, so that’s how I’m justifying the purchase other than saving the life of one small lizard.

Anyways, I need to know what to do from here. The high today is 38-degrees again and I don’t think she’ll make it if I release her where I found her. I know wild anoles typically spend the colder days underneath bark or logs...which makes me feel like I did the right thing when I found her exposed and in the open air sitting motionless on the middle of my porch (not sunning herself, porch has a roof and screen so no sun gets in). So what do I do now? I know it’s wrong to keep a wild anole or any wild animal in captivity as an adult, but I’m 99% sure the ultimatum would be to release her to her certain death. Do I keep her until March when the weather warms back into the 60s and 70s? Do I release her on the next random warm Charleston day? Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week are all forecasted to have highs in the 70s. Please help, I need some expert advice! I feel horrible keeping her in a cage...



01/08/17  08:22am

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  Message To: Bshipp   In reference to Message Id: 2320059


 Need Advice - Anole Popsicle

First off, thank you for spending the time and money to make sure you have the proper setup! That anole would’ve certainly froze to death or been eaten alive by whatever would’ve found it! Would it be too difficult to keep her until march? Also, how big is she? A vent-to-snout length would give us an idea of what to feed her. If she’s tiny, flightless fruit flies would probably be best-- but first be sure she’s hydrated by misting water in the tank every morning for her to lap up as anoles don’t drink from water dishes. Also, does she have a warming bulb and perches in the tank?



01/09/17  01:26am

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 Need Advice - Anole Popsicle

No worries, I was happy to do it. I also found an emaciated anole in our office building a few days prior and wasn’t able to save him, so I felt like someone was giving me a second chance when I found this one. I’m just glad I found her before my dog did, because that would not have ended well for her.

It probably wouldn’t be a problem for me to keep her until March, I just feel bad keeping a wild animal in a cage. I’ve been misting her 3 times daily over the weekend. I work full time, so during the week she’ll me misted at 7:30am, 6pm and 11pm. I did notice her licking up the water droplets last night. I have a ton of fake plant material in the tank that she seems to like, but she also climbs on the glass and climbs on the top screen as well (sometimes directly under the heat lamp). She has a blue daylight heating bulb on during the day (60w). She’s about 3-3.5 inches from snout to vent, so I’d say she’s close to full grown if not already there. I fed her a superworm yesterday evening that I thought may have been too big for her belly, but she appears to have eaten it.

It’s going to be in the low to mid 70s for temperature from Thursday through Wednesday this week and next, so I was considering releasing her then. Would that be a bad idea?



01/09/17  08:24am

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 Need Advice - Anole Popsicle

Yeah, she sounds like an adult already. The superworms are a little big-- I usually use mealworms, and try to fish out the white ones which have recently molted. The shells on the worms can be tough on the digestive track for sick and dehydrated anoles, so avoid the really brown ones for now. I think if the temp is going to stay that high for a few months, then fine, but if there’s any chance of it dipping again, I’m afraid a few feedings may not be enough to carry her through. I know how you feel about keeping her caged up, but for now she is safe from predators, has clean water, steady meals, and shelter that she won’t have to compete for-- and a warm light bulb is frosting on the cake! I’m sure she’s loving that heat lamp in this weather! I’m sorry about the other anole-- I was lucky to save one from the brink, but it was really touch and go for a while there. This anole is lucky to have you looking out for her, keep us posted!



01/09/17  08:41pm


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