I posted a photo of an anole here on 11 April 2003 and asked if you guys could
confirm that it was a Bark Anole.
Immediately after that, Kingsnake changed their format, or something, and when
I followed my bookmark I was taken to some past messages in the forum.
I thought my post had been deleted.
So I did more searching on Bark Anole, and found some more information.
Eventually my searching got me back to this forum and I found that my post was
still here, with some responses. By then more than a week had passed, so I decided
to try to get some more photos before I posted anything else.
So, a belated "thank you" to the people who replied to my post.
I am aware that there are several species of anoles which are so similar in
appearance that it is necessary to count scales or to perform
DNA analysis in order to make a positive ID.
However the info that I found, and other photos
I have looked at, make me reasonibly convinced that the photo was a Bark
A website by University of Florida lists 8 species of anoles which breed in Florida.
This was published in 1996 so it could be out-of-date.
Taken from http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/UW114
- Knight Anole
- Green Anole
- Hispaniolan Green Anole
- Jamaican Anole
- Brown Anole
- Bark Anole
- Large-headed Anole
- Crested Anole
The Brown Anole is by far the most commonly-seen lizard in south Florida.
Brown Anoles vary greatly in pattern and coloration.
I had been ignoring Bark Anoles when I saw them, thinking that they were a color
variation of a juvenile Brown Anole.
The Bartlett & Bartlett book: Field Guide to Florida's Reptiles and
Amphibians lists some ways to distinguish a Bark Anole
from a Brown Anole.
The Bark Anole is more arboreal. It stays on the trunk or large limbs of a tree
and flees upward when approached.
The Bark Anole is only 2/3 the size of the Brown Anole.
The Bark Anole has a relatively shorter tail. Brown Anoles have tails which are
nearly 2x SVL. Bark Anoloes tails are slightly more than 1x SVL.
Bark Anoles do not dart from place to place as rapidly as Brown Anoles. Instead
they waddle rapidly, like a gecko.