Green anoles are often known to change colors from a very dark brown to an extremely vivid green. The male of the species has a pink throat fan that is referred to as the dewlap which they make use of to establish their territory and during mating. An adult size Green anole will grow to be about 5 to 8 inches long and will live up to three plus years with the proper care. They will reach adult size in around 12 to 18 months under optimal conditions.
Because of there interesting colorings and their high levels of activity they are an extremely popular choice for many who love reptiles. As long as they are handled with great care they enjoy interaction with their humans.
Because all of this species is potential carriers of an infectious disease you must always wash your hands both before and after you have handled your Green anole. You also want to make sure that you ensure proper hygiene after handling anything that happens to be in their habitat. You may even want to consider talking to your Physician about the implications of having a Green anole as a pet. If you are pregnant or have a younger child or have a weakend immune system then you should make sure that someone else handles the green anole and make sure that they follow proper hygiene.
Diet and Feeding
In order to feed your Green anole a well balanced diet you need to provide them with insects like recently fed crickets and wax worms. You just need to make sure you’re feeding them insects that are no larger than half the size of their head. You need to make sure that they have fresh clean water available to them that is chlorine free at all times of the day and you should be feeding them daily. You should sprinkle their food with a calcium supplement every day and use the multi vitamin supplement one to twice a week.
Make sure that the crickets that you feed your green anole have recently been fed as they can pass on additional nutrients on to your pet.
A proper size and shape for your anole will be able to accommodate for normal behavior and exercise. Due to the different growth rates of these lizards their individual needs recommend different upgrades to their habitats at different times. It may be best to consult a book about the anoles in order to determine specific housing requirements. You should provide an area for perching in hiding in their habitat and maintain at least 80% humidity by being able to mist their habitat every day as needed. For substrate you should use reptile bark or something that helps to retain the humidity in the habitat.
Temperature in the habitat should range between 74 and 89° F you should also have a warmer spot of 100° F. The nighttime temperatures should go no lower than 60° F as they are arboreal so you need to be able to use an overhead source of heat.UVB rays with a full spectrum of lighting should be used for 10 to 12 hours a day and and incandescent light should only be used during the day for basking hours only. You can use a ceramic heater at all hours of the day for your anole.
Maintaining the Habitat
Be sure that you’re cleaning your anoles habitat at least one time per week. Secure your anole in a well contained area and wash the tank and the furnishings with a 3% bleach solution. Make sure that you are fully drying the furnishings and putting down new substrate and making sure that there is no bleach smell in the tank before you replace your anole into their habitat.
You should never keep more then one species of reptile in the same habitat.
Green anoles will regularly shed their skin so make sure that you are ensuring the proper amount of humidity to allow for optimal shedding conditions. To facilitate proper shedding you could also make sure that they are able to bathe in a small container that will allow them to fully immerse their entire body or provide them with the shedding box.
Be careful to remember that Green anoles can drop their tails and they are grabbed or if they feel threatened and anyway. A new tail will be grow in its place but it will not be anywhere near the same original color or size. So be extremely careful when handling your anole and do not give it more stress then it can handle.
Signs of a Healthy Anole
A green Anole will be active an alert and have bright clear eyes. They will also have healthy skin and a body and tail that are well filled out. They will also leave a regular diet and have a clear nose and vent.These are all signs of a very healthy pet anole.
Signs of an Unhealthy Anole
If you’re looking for signs that your anole is unhealthy you should be looking for the following. You should look for signs of weight loss or decrease in their appetite and you should also be looking for any swelling or lethargy. Paralysis of the limbs or tail and problems breathing are also signs that there’s something wrong with your Green Anole. If you are at all fearful that there is something wrong with your anole you should seek medical attention immediately.
Warnings and Tips
If you are bitten by your anole you want to not panic because if you jerk your hand you could end up breaking their jaw.
You may be able to teach your anole to eat a treat out of your hand. But do not place them in your hand, let them climb onto your hand on their own terms.
Make sure that you kill all red spider mites that are in the tank with a good insecticidal soap. These mites are to them what woodticks are to us.