Green Anole Lizard: The camera “loves” her!

10 May

Maui and the other Hawaiian Islands are blessed with an abundance of small photogenic lizards: geckos visit our homes (they love bathrooms, especially shower stalls), skinks burrow in our flowerbeds and veg gardens, and anoles of every conceivable color seem to be hiding just about everywhere you look.

Male Green Anoles (Anolis carolinensis) use our patios (sorry… in the Islands its called a “lanai”) and concrete walks for sunning themselves, fighting amongst themselves, and attracting their very finicky mates.

When I go to pick up my mail during daylight hours, they scurry out of their perfectly safe hiding places and run out in front of my feet like suicidal pedestrians crossing a four-lane highway. Their most endearing trait (at least for appreciative nature photographers) is that they are so very willing to pose for the camera, particularly when they’re perched on a favorite tree limb or palm frond, from which they seem to know instinctively that they can make a quick escape if the camera lens gets a little too close for comfort.

Female Green Anole 1

A female Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis) resting among a dense patch of bromeliads. Ulupalakua, Maui.
(To see a larger version, click on the image.)

I encountered the little female Green with the cool “racing stripe” in these photos while photographing the native trees and flowering plants in the huge botanical gardens surrounding the old winery (yes, we make our own wine on the Island) at Ulupalakua (pronounced “oo-loo pah-la koo-ah” – I think it means “breadfruit ripened”). I discovered her stretched out on a thick bromeliad frond, staring fixedly at me and not trying very hard to blend in with her surroundings.

Female Green Anole 2

Miss Greenie posing nicely for me. Note the small “hole” just to the left of her eye: its her aural spiracle, or ear opening.
(Click on image to see a larger version.)

Some Nosey Naturalist Facts about Anoles

  • Anoles’ diets include live insects and other invertebrates, with crickets, spiders, and moths.
  • They possess brightly-colored dewlaps, made of erectile cartilage, that extend from their neck/throat areas; they’re used for territorial and sexual display. Their toes are covered with structures that allow them to cling to many different surfaces.
  • Their tails have the ability to break off at special segments to escape predators or rival males. The tail continues to wriggle strongly for several minutes after detaching. This ability is known as “autotomy.”
  • Anoles are diurnal, that is they’re only active during the daytime.
  • Some species of anoles exhibit sexual dimorphism, which allows one to discern between males and females fairly easily with the naked eye. In Green Anoles, the female is characterized by a pale dorsal stripe extending from the neck to the tail, a generally smaller body, and a smaller head with a shorter snout.
  • Several genera of Anolis sp. are present on Maui and the other Neighbor Islands.
Female Green Anole 3

Miss Greenie allowed me to sidle up next to her to get this nice profile shot.
(Click on image to see larger version.)

After about 45 minutes of nonchalant indifference to the presence of my camera lens, my reptilian model decided she’d had enough and began to slowly move away. She paused just long enough to give me a last backward glance…

Female GREEN ANOLE 4

My reptilian model spares one last backward glance, her expression seems to say “Next time I’m gonna charge you for my time!”

Advertisements

10 Responses to “Green Anole Lizard: The camera “loves” her!”

  1. Veltman 5 September 2014 at 11:05 AM #

    Pretty! This has been an incredibly wonderful post. Many thanks for providing these details.

  2. Tula Shriver 4 September 2014 at 1:44 AM #

    Hey there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my facebook group? There’s a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Thank you

  3. Roblin 3 September 2014 at 10:35 PM #

    Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thank you, However I am going through difficulties with your RSS. I don’t understand why I can’t subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting identical RSS issues? Anybody who knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanks!!

  4. Michael's Woodcraft 26 September 2013 at 3:04 AM #

    thank you, I like your blog too..you have really beautiful pictures and good information.

    That would be great… how do we do that?
    Michael
    Handcrafted Woodwork

  5. Michael's Woodcraft 21 September 2013 at 3:57 PM #

    sorry, I posted the wrong link;; Caterpillars, Insects, Lizards and Newts

  6. Michael's Woodcraft 21 September 2013 at 3:55 PM #

    Love your pictures, we have alot of green anole lizards here in northern South Carolina mountains.

    check ou my picture,http://www.anoleannals.org/2013/09/01/rapid-color-change-in-anoles/

  7. Lakendra Krupski 15 May 2013 at 2:40 AM #

    you have an awesome blog right here! would you like to make some invite posts on my blog?

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. guitars - 19 April 2015

    guitars

    […]Here is a superb Blog You may Find Interesting that we Encourage You[…]

  2. http://www.menage-poly.com - 14 April 2015

    http://www.menage-poly.com

    […]we came across a cool site that you just might love. Take a appear in case you want[…]

  3. Google - 25 March 2015

    Google

    We like to honor lots of other web websites around the web, even though they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Below are some webpages really worth checking out.

Leave a comment about this blog post.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: