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Anolis carolinensis

Carolina anole

''Anolis carolinensis
Scientific classification
Family: Gekkonidae
Subfamily: Polychrotidae
Genus: Anolis
Species: carolinensis
Binomial name
Anolis carolinensis
Trinomial name
Anolis carolinensis carolinensis
Anolis carolinensis seminolus

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Scientific name:

Anolis carolinensis (VOIGT, 1832)

Scientific synonyms:

Lacerta principalis LINNAEUS 1758 (fide DUMÉRIL & BIBRON 1837: 121)

Common name:

Caroline Anole

Common synonyms:

Green Anole
Red-throated Anole


This lizard can reach a total length of about 22 cm. Females are slightly smaller (about 16 cm.) The male has a dewlap that extends from his chin. This dewlap is pink or red in colour. Green Anoles can have a green or a brown body colour, which depends on mood and climate.


This species is native to the United States where it found found mainly in the southeastern parts of the country.


These lizards feed on various insects and other invertebrates. They may also eat pollen and nectar.

Carolina anole eating dronefly