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Brown Anole

Anolis sagrei, male displaying throat fan, med res, Corkscrew Sanctuary, 2007-08-25 (199)_edited-1.jpg

The Brown Anole – sometimes known as the Cuban Anole – is an exotic invasive lizard that probably arrived in the Florida Keys as a stowaway from Cuba. It has been here for more than a century and its populations across the Southeast are sometimes enormous. These lizards are harmless to us, beneficial for us because they eat many harmful insects., and they are also an added food resource for many birds and other animals. Unlike our native Green Anole, which can change its color from green to brown, the Brown Anole cannot change colors dramatically. However, bright orange ones do rarely show up!