Brilliant Anole Dewlap

Although it’s being referred to as “a strawberry lizard” on the Flickr page, I believe it’s a kind of anole, and I’m not sure any anoles are actually commonly referred to by that name. Male anoles extend their dewlaps during courtship, and to intimidate threats.

Look at the way the scales break away on the dewlap. It’s Escher-eqsue.

Via Kenny P’s Flickr photostream.

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#1 azthth on 04.03.08 at 2:44 am

Indeed, it looks to be an anole. Escher-esque, perhaps?

#2 Neogothic on 04.04.08 at 1:37 pm

Where I’m from (SW Florida), these little buggers are EVERYWHERE. I used to spend whole afternoons just watching them run around our pool deck. The males would display and challenge one another and the females would watch. They would chase after the fire ants and eat them, for which I was eternally grateful. They’re fun to watch and very beautiful creatures.

#3 mr armpits on 04.06.08 at 5:05 pm

i eat fire ants too!

#4 Cat on 04.21.08 at 10:24 pm

Yep, definitely an anole, definitely male (females have no or very tiny dewlaps). Could be a Brown Anole, but there’s a wide variety of species, some of which look very similar.