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I’d like more information about the mating behaviors of anoles. If I get some of these lovely lizards will they readily breed and lay eggs? Do they ha

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I’d like more information about the mating behaviors of anoles. If I get some of these lovely lizards will they readily breed and lay eggs? Do they have any special requirements for successful matings? Will a pair of anoles be enough, or should I set up a colony of three to five animals for better luck in breeding? Then comes the question of what I need to do if the do lay some eggs. Maybe I’d better buy a guidebook.
Posted by jackbax, Dec 30, 2019 05:27 AM

I need healp, its a long story so strap yourself in. I bought 2 anole half a year ago, a male and a female, unfortunetly the female died for some unknown reason. This made the male enter a sort of super deressed mode and went from well feed and prosperous to starving it self and not really wanting to move. Luckily he recoverd after a long while and once again. The thing is that in his terrarium he had a big cricket that he could not eat for it got to big, and they sort of became friends, but this cricket died just a few days ago and after just recovering and stil being extrimly thin he once again enterd depressed mode and wont eat. I’ve tried making him eat his mealworms and put in a cricket as a supliment but its not looking good. So my question is is there some good way to try to stimulate him to eat more or like something i can do, or if you’re ever Heard or seen somthing similar. All help is appreciated.
Posted by Tont, Dec 22, 2019 06:40 PM


How big are anole clutches?
Posted by Kungpaho, Dec 15, 2019 08:56 PM

How necessary is calcium and multivitamin supplements if my anoles are eating crickets regularly?
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 27, 2019 01:01 PM

do they need live food or can they just be fed commercial anole foods?
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 26, 2019 04:33 PM

“Our daughter got one from her grandma as a Christmas present…little guy arrived pretty much frozen in a cardboard box.
He lived in his 10 gallon aquarium in her room, being misted 4-5 times a day, with his heat lamp and supply of crickets for 10(!!!) years!!!
No one could believe he lived that long.
Sad day when the little smidge died.
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 21, 2019 03:01 PM

it is the second one not the one that shows up.
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 20, 2019 12:37 PM


I am sooooooo getting a green anole, I found a great terriaum here’s the link. will this one work?https://www.petsmart.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-PetSmart-Site/default/Product-Variation?pid=53978&dwvar_53978_size=
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 20, 2019 12:35 PM

How will my outdoor anole in Austin TX survive the cold weather?
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 17, 2019 08:57 PM

I have a small green female anole living on my patio. (Along with a smaller brown female anole). I have noticed that both will eat tiny ants. One day, I decided to put some muffin crumbs down to attract more ants. Imagine my surprise when both of them ignored the ants and ate the blueberry muffin crumbs.
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 15, 2019 11:38 AM

In trying to find the tange of green anoles, I stumbled on this website. I had never seen a green anole before 2010 and was surprised to find one on our patio door. Since then our yard in Corinth, Texas has become an anole factory. We literally have dozens of them in all sizes and several hues scattered all over our small urban lot. A few days ago, as I was watching a small one a few feet away, another one jumped onto my leg from the lawn.
Posted by Van, Oct 12, 2019 12:50 PM


“We have an Anole that lives on my screened in porch, she leaves every day through a hole in my screen and she stays outside until it starts getting dark and she returns to the porch.
The one thing I’m amazed about is she sleeps on my Christmas Cactus every night, but not just any spot, she actually sleeps on the same stem of the cactus every single night .
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 12, 2019 09:47 PM

“What is the best way to manage the humidity level for the terrarium. This seems to be a challenge, even tho we heavily spray, and also have coconut fiber etc…the humidity seems to fall to 40 within a couple hours. How can we manage this without worrying the humidity is not high enough?
Is separating in the morning and evening enough?
How concerned do we have to be?
Posted by Zag, Aug 8, 2019 12:47 PM

If you live in florida, you can go to petsmart or petsmart.com yo get or order supplies. And anoles
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 23, 2019 06:02 AM

If you live in florida, you can go to petsmart or petsmart.com yo get or order supplies. And anoles
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 23, 2019 06:02 AM


Posted by Anonymous, Apr 11, 2019 12:26 PM

Does anyone know where the best place to get green ankles and supplies?? I recently caught one I the wild and I let it go, but now I want a domesticated one
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 2, 2019 08:21 AM

Green Anoles can and will eat house Geckos. I recommend you all to not put Anoles with Geckos. Also Anoles need about 8 hours to bask in the sunshine, so put them in the sun for a bit not to much sunlight. If you put to many crickets in the tank with your Anole they will and possibly can kill your Anole. Thank you and happy caring.
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 25, 2019 04:20 PM


My daughter has one and we got her a tank to put him in it and it seems fine, it’s eating meal-worms I was recommended in the pet shop, my question is the tank comes with a heated lamp but every time it’s on we all get concerned since it likes to climb to the top where it is so can it get burn? It’s not directly it does have a screen that protects it but still likes to be up there. Is it safe? We turn it the heated lamp at night due to the fact we can’t stay up making sure it’s ok.
Posted by Anonymous, Feb 18, 2019 07:18 AM

My daughter has one and we got her a tank to put him in it and it seems fine, it’s eating meal-worms I was recommended in the pet shop, my question is the tank comes with a heated lamp but every time it’s on we all get concerned since it likes to climb to the top where it is so can it get burn? It’s not directly it does have a screen that protects it but still likes to be up there. Is it safe? We turn it the heated lamp at night due to the fact we can’t stay up making sure it’s ok.
Posted by Anonymous, Feb 18, 2019 05:29 AM

May i ask who made this website?
Posted by Anonymous, Feb 5, 2019 10:20 AM

I have what I know suspect is a green anole, residing in my bath tub. I think she came up through my drain, which is kind of weird. Anyways, she refuses to leave said bathtub. I’m worried she may fall Ill and possibly die there, but again she refuses to leave it, and since she’s from the wild (I live in the country country) I hesitate in putting her in a fake habitat. Suggestions on the best care for her? (I think I’m going to name her Tubthumper lol)
Posted by Anonymous, Feb 2, 2019 09:11 PM


can green anoles eat North Carolina fire ants, captured from mounds in the yard?
Posted by VICTOR3RD, Oct 16, 2018 10:50 AM

I used to feed my anole mealworms until I heard that they can eat their way out of the lizard. I now feed my lizard crickets but I heard that the crickets can attack him too, I still feed him the crickets but now I’m wondering, did I make the right choice?
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 9, 2018 03:39 PM

why did martha leave me
Posted by Anonymous, May 25, 2018 07:03 AM

“If a green anole bites you never wash water over it, spray it, or try to take it off because it will become stressful for the green anole and it maybe will try to bite you harder, you need to wait patiently beside somewhere we’re it could jump and it will let go when it wants too. A green anole bite does not hurt because it is not effective to the human skin, so you could not be injured, you will only feel a squeeze or a tiny pinch when the green anole bites.

Hope this helped 😉
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 12, 2018 09:11 PM

“Green Anoles can be housed with house geckos. That answers someones question. I believe there are other breeds they can be housed with too, but not certain. Google it.

Also answering Anonymous asking about her/his dying lizards. There is really not much you can do, just keep them comfortable. Have you checked to make sure the heat pad or lamp is working fine? they could just be cold. Also what kind of water are you using? That could be whats causing it. I would suggest rain water or well water, do not use city water! Also distilled water may not have enough vitamins and all that stuff in it. 🙂 Hope it helps.
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 14, 2018 01:57 PM

This page helped my friend and I inform people about green anoles. We have many in our neighborhood and handed out fact sheets in case anyone caught one. We love to catch them and have learned a lot about them in the process. We wanted to spread our knowledge and this groups it together in one page. This was so helpful. Thank you so much.
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 11, 2017 03:43 PM

I have a ZooMed RepriBreeze Screen cage for my anoles – it is 18x18x36 inches. There are 6 anoles living in it, as well as a 5-Lined Skink juvenile we rescued from drowning in our Lily Barrel. We have several artificial vines criss-crossing from side to side and up and down, and 2 plastic, and 3 silk vines of various sizes hanging from the sides…There are also two live Pothos vines, each in 5 inch plants. the substrate is ZooMed’s Eco Earth, in a 3 inch deep tray that fits the habitat, so I can keep it damp, and it gives the skink a place to dig under when he feels like it. Two mini lamps on top, one is UV, the other is a white Reptile light. haven’t got a thermometer in there, and since it’s screen, it’s probably room temp. I mist all the plant leaves 2-3 times a day, and there is a small bowl of water sunk into the substrate, just in case. Turns out we have two males and 4 females, with the two males being nearly full size I’ve had them probably 10 months now. eating plenty of crickets, won’t touch the wax worms I offered them, very active in this set up, and they shed every few weeks. feed the crickets Flukers high calcium cricket diet mixed with Aqueon tropical fish flakes.crickets get flukers cricket quencher fortified with calcium…so we aren’t really fanatical about dusting the crickets with reptivite weekly. , now the two males are beginning to get territorial and chase each other a lot, but outside of chasing and displaying their throat pouches they don’t seem to hurt one another – so I’m assuming there’s enough foliage in there. I have a 2 ft tall ornamental banana that “could” go in there, if it will fit – but the last leaves it produced grew to 10 inches long. I feed a dozen or so crickets every other day, since there are 7 lizards in there – figure we are going through 50 or more weekly. Anything else I should be doing? there’s a grapevine roost, angled about 10-12 inches under the lights, and they will use it. I am afraid that the lights may be too hot for the Banana Tree? especially as it grows closer to the cage top.the skink will clean up any dead crickets left in the bottom of the cage – since once they stop moving the anoles don’t “see” them. last time I replaced the substrate, I discovered tiny white baby crickets in it! also discovered, when we got invaded by little black ants, that the skink will eat them.Seen them lap up water from the lives and the screen sides, as well as several of them drink out of the bowl…think the skink needs some additional leaf litter but don’t know what’s safe for him….
Posted by RowanInNEMO, Aug 24, 2017 01:46 PM

What other species can green anoles be housed with?
Posted by Anonymous, Jul 14, 2017 03:44 AM

Any thermometers put on the “hot side” of the tank. If the heat source is in the middle put it in the middle.
Posted by Anonymous, Jul 2, 2017 08:27 PM

“For the ones who needs a shopping list you need:
Reptile terrium/aquarium-more tall than wide
Substrate- soil or reptile carpet
Heat/UV light- 50 watt no more than 150
Food dish- for worms or commercial food
Water dish- though likes water from a sprayer more
Hiding spots- anything even at home
Plants/vines-to climb on and feel at home
Under tank heater- keeps warm at night unless house is over 75 degrees
Food- no larger than the anoles head
Posted by Anonymous, Jul 2, 2017 08:24 PM

Fabulous, trying to get my mom to buy me one! I need to know EVERYTHING. She wants a shopping list 😛
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 27, 2017 07:55 PM

Really helped! Now I know what to do and not do with my hyper anole 🙂
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 22, 2017 04:13 PM

Does anyone ever answer questions
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 7, 2017 03:58 PM

“I have enjoyed wild green anoles in backyard for years. Past few weeks noticed a decline in # and a male had really weird discoloration. He had a black spot on his side and closing his eyes which I took to be a sign of dying which was very upsetting. Now a female looks a little off with small spots so I am afraid she will die too. Question is: can I do anything to help her and what could be causing this? I just love them and do not want to lose all of them.
Thanks to anyone for advice.
Posted by Anonymous, May 29, 2017 05:13 PM

“I have enjoyed wild green anoles in backyard for years. Past few weeks noticed a decline in # and a male had really weird discoloration. He had a black spot on his side and closing his eyes which I took to be a sign of dying which was very upsetting. Now a female looks a little off with small spots so I am afraid she will die too. Question is: can I do anything to help her and what could be causing this? I just love them and do not want to lose all of them.
Thanks to anyone for advice.
Posted by Anonymous, May 28, 2017 11:13 AM

I’m really knowledgeable about animals but even though I am this article really helped.
Posted by Anonymous, May 21, 2017 10:49 AM

I bought a digital thermometer to measure the ambient temperature in the habitat but I’m not sure where to place it to get the most accurate reading. Does anyone know exactly where the best place is to put it?
Posted by Anonymous, May 13, 2017 10:22 AM

realy helpful!
Posted by Anonymous, May 1, 2017 02:25 PM

I LOVE it! I found mine in the wild with a plain aquiaim and now it is like a dream for him!
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 17, 2017 03:25 PM

Adopting one. Hopefully this article is truthful.
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 16, 2017 01:20 PM

I have an anole lizard but he/she won’t eat we just bought two heat lamps. 1 of them is black and one is clear which is day and which is night plz tell me
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 18, 2017 11:52 AM

This really helped!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by ava g., Mar 15, 2017 05:51 PM

Thank you Phil Purser for being so helpful!
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 10, 2017 08:05 AM

Thank you Phil Purser for being so helpful!
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 9, 2017 02:02 PM

This site is very helpful thank you so much! It is also unbiased and useful.
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 9, 2017 01:57 PM

I found a green anole in my house, it is currently too cold to put him/ her outside. I cleaned out an old fish tank and put him/her in it. i put leaves on the floor and some tree bark to climb on, i also added some medium sized rocks for sunbathing and these work good for shade as well. Im really hate insects, so brought some freeze dried crickets. Which he/she doesn’t seem to be eating. I will buy some live insects if i have too, ive had him/her in there for 2days and the lizard seems to be doing well but it hasn’t eaten, and im getting worried. Will it eat the freeze dried crickets or does it have to live crickets/insects? i am keeping the habitat moist and of course there is a water dish and black light.if the lizard needs day and night do i need another light for the daytime and only use the black light at night? im just trying to do best till the weather warms up and i can release him/her. I have dogs in the house and get my house sprayed for bugs regularly so i that is another reason i put the lizard in a tank. Again just looking for help on how to keep the lizard happy. It also has a heating rock that i purchased for it.
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 19, 2016 03:48 PM

Posted by Anonymous, Dec 14, 2016 12:27 PM

Posted by Anonymous, Dec 14, 2016 12:26 PM

“my name isn’t alex and i hate anoles.

you can tell im lying
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 14, 2016 12:19 PM

whats up my cranky crew
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 14, 2016 12:17 PM

I have two anoles a male and female and My female has a broken or sprained left arm. She can move it but when She moves around or I hold her she lets it drag unless she sits there for a while and moves it. What should I do? I’m really worried because I’m getting another female soon and I don’t want her to be so low in the “pecking order that she gets more injured or killed.
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 12, 2016 04:03 PM

Posted by Anonymous, Nov 21, 2016 01:07 PM

I have an anole living in/on my storm door. There are shrubs nearby, but it seems to prefer the door. What could I provide by the door that it might move to, I’m concerned that I may accidentally crush it when opening or closing the door.
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 7, 2016 08:55 AM

What wattage bulb should be used to heat a 20 gallon tank at night? What is the difference between a red bulb and a purple bulb?
Posted by mindypfeiffer@sbcglobal.net, Nov 1, 2016 01:46 PM

this site is really helpful cause i was thinking about getting a green anole and the guy i asked didn’t tell me much so this really help
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 26, 2016 01:48 PM

Yes it will definitely need to be bigger. 3.3 gallons is not enough for her now a 10 gallon is the minimum the poor thing has no where to go definitely upgrade the tank.
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 24, 2016 07:22 PM

Yes it will definitely need to be bigger. 3.3 gallons is not enough for her now a 10 gallon is the minimum the poor thing has no where to go definitely upgrade the tank.
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 24, 2016 07:22 PM

I got an anole and i’ve had her for 3 months so far. Shes been eating well and she turns green when she sees me with her food, crickets. If I get a male anole will her 3.3 gallon tank need to be bigger?
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 15, 2016 04:25 PM

“I just got a green anole yesterday from petsmart for $6.99. the starter cage was $52.00 total it was around $100. he is so adorable but his right hand only has one finger :/ he adapted to his new environment really quick. ate crickets within 10 minutes. its a male due to the vibrant colors and the two ball looking things on the left base of his tail. email me if you have any questions 🙂
Posted by Anonymous, Oct 3, 2016 04:34 PM

“i want to buy one…how muh do they cost

Posted by Anonymous, Sep 20, 2016 08:32 AM

My 6 year old brother just got 2 green anoles. We are all taking care of them but nobody is actually idk…. researching for HOW to care for them. This site answers a lot of my questions, but i am very nervous about 1 of them (Max) He/She has just been sitting in a log thing we put on the bottom of the cage for a few hours now… is this normal? It is one of the only shady areas we have so far since we got them today.
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 3, 2016 06:15 PM

Just no mealworms, and 50 watts for the bulbers! yEhamanternakenstrite.
Posted by Anonymous, Sep 1, 2016 12:44 PM

Can its bedding also be grass?
Posted by Anonymous, Aug 5, 2016 08:06 PM

can green anole’s eat a bananas????
Posted by Anonymous, Jul 29, 2016 11:59 AM

my anole put his tail in hot tea and i don’t know if he is ok what do i do
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 26, 2016 09:10 PM

why do anoles take out heir new flaps
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 26, 2016 09:08 PM

How much crickets should it eat a day?
Posted by Anonymous, Jun 15, 2016 03:57 PM

“””Often sold as “feeders” (prey items for larger, reptile-eating species of snakes and lizards).””

How dare the author even suggest to people that the anole can be disregarded in this manner! For a reptile expert–someone that supposedly has a passion for reptiles–this is absolutely disgusting! Putting this idea in people’s heads is repulsive! There are tons of food options available out there for people to use, if only they put down the remote and the cell phone to do the research.

The author of this article should ashamed, if only he had an ounce of compassion for the very things that he proposed to write about.
Posted by Anonymous, May 23, 2016 06:46 PM

My green anole is always not coming down from the fake plant. Is it okay yhat she’s doing that? Or should I do something fast?? Plzz help me. Its only been a couple of days with this cute little anole, and i read a lot of books about anoles. Also she is not eating the cricket I left in there. What should I do?!
Posted by Anonymous, May 22, 2016 09:04 AM

they are scaley
Posted by Anonymous, May 12, 2016 10:35 AM

hey will my anole eat a dragonfly
Posted by Anonymous, May 9, 2016 06:09 PM

great info thnks homie
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 25, 2016 07:58 AM

“I rescued a little green anole from the paws of my cat the other day and have since made him my pet. I keep him (“”Gizmo””) in a miniature terrarium outfitted with plastic umbrella, and he seems very happy.

Unfortunately, he is crippled from the damage from the cat … has no tail and his hind legs are not working. Otherwise, he appears to be fine and gets around his little habitat solely with the use of his front legs.

Any chance his tail will grow back? Might his legs heal themselves in captivity?
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 6, 2016 08:55 AM

just updating my last comment. The anole is now healthy enough that she is climbing the walls. Also she is shedding (only on her tail) and is over halfway through. She seems to be doing well, and by tomorrow I expect her to be fully recovered. The injuries were not too serious, and she is a hearty animal. Thanks again.
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 5, 2016 05:47 PM

can somebody please help me? I found my cat chewing on a green anole. I took it away and found it was still alive. I am now keeping it in a substrate-less small plastic terrarium with a water dish and a hide. Originally he was not moving at all, and for a while not even breathing. Then we got him to breathe, and he started opening and closing his mouth. Now he moves around freely and with ease, but you can still see the numerous bruises. Any suggestions would be appreciated, thank you so much.
Posted by Anonymous, Apr 5, 2016 12:58 PM

how much would an anole cost
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 30, 2016 10:20 AM

i love anoles they have such cute dwapflaps or the thing you see under the neck. i have one at home. is it ok that i feed him ants, should i be concerned. if you have the answer go to this link that i have posted in this comment that i just made: https://www.textnow.com/: number is 254- 214- 4771 or 254- 717- 4663 and also thank for your time you spended on reading my comment i love you all
Posted by Anonymous, Mar 30, 2016 10:18 AM

If you dont plan to breed team keep team individually. They also eat beetle jelly and repashy and pangea cgd.
Posted by Anonymous, Feb 21, 2016 08:36 AM

to the person who wrote how many should you get, I’d say about 2-3 but you will need a big tank for them. try not to get 2 males and 1 female because then the 2 males will fight and usually 1 ends up dying.
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 26, 2016 02:57 PM

I have a green anole at my house and he sheds lie most lizards. but after he sheds his old skin he eats it. Is that normal for lizards to do or should I be concerned?
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 26, 2016 02:52 PM

how often do you feed the anoles ?
Posted by Anonymous, Jan 6, 2016 10:11 AM

I adopted a bearded dragon a few years ago (so I’m not quite a newbie but he was my first reptile). And thought a green anole would be a fun little one to have too (seperately of course). So I got an Exo Terra Glass habitat, a Reptisun 5.0 (UVB) and Daylight Blue 60w (heat). I put him in front of a window that gets indirect sun and would turn his cage in the morning so he would have a sunbeam to sit in if he wanted. I put 5 little crickets and 5 meal worms and would mist the wall foliage daily. He did fine the first week and was active. Then I put the lighting in there. And 2 weeks, we found him dead. I’m really bummed. Did I do something wrong? Or could he have been sick from the store and me not know it? He seemed to be doing well until the UVB and Heat light went in, not sure if it was a coincidence or not. I’m upset that maybe I did something wrong. Any suggestions?
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 14, 2015 03:30 PM

I had one, back in the day. Her name was Lizzy..I need to get me a new one at some point in my life.
Posted by Anonymous, Dec 9, 2015 12:25 PM

Posted by Anonymous, Nov 20, 2015 03:02 AM

I am in class trying to lerant things for our new class pet. (Sorry is my english is bad, I speak German)
Posted by Anonymous, Nov 9, 2015 02:23 PM