19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World

Anolis Carolinensis, or the green anole, is a native of the southeastern US and introduced to islands in the Pacific and Caribbean. Ironically, along the Gulf Coast, they are being supplanted by the Cuban brown anole (Anolis sagrei), which are faster ground dwelling anoles. We have seen fewer green anoles each year, although some surveys suggest that they have adapted to become more arboreal. Seeing this guy spying on us from within a dwarf palmetto (Sabal minor) was a pleasant surprise.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Houston, Texas, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Copyright: © Linda Welzenbach