Thirsty, Thirsty Anoles

It’s been very dry here in the Bahamas; we’ve barely seen any rain at all. So, when a few drops splattered mid-afternoon, out came the lizards, slurping up every droplet they could find. In the subsequent 30 minutes, I found six Bahamian green anoles (A. smaragdinus), compared to a rate of 1-2/hour for the rest of the day (this rate, in turn, twice as high as in previous days because it was cloudy and cool).

Ever watched an anole drink when it’s thirsty? This video shows what it looks like.

About Jonathan Losos

Author and Professor at Harvard University
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