Anoles of the Florida Keys

Not an anole, but plays one on TV. Photo from Dust Tracks on the Web (

Janson Jones is at it again. Having just driven about as cross-continent as you can get, from Alaska to the Florida Keys, he is now waxing eloquent on the lizards of that delightful island string. Today’s post is about introduced green iguanas, which apparently are everywhere and spreading, but yesterday he posted twice, on brown anoles (A. sagrei) and bark anoles (A. distichus) , with some keen observations on interactions between the two. Most notably, he’s noticed on multiple occasions that the larger browns chase off the the daintier barks.

postscript: Just as I hit the “post” button, Jones put up another of his own, with further observations on bark anoles and outlining what would make an excellent Ph.D. dissertation project. Plus, this intriguing observation:

“…the iPad of anoles in the Florida Keys. They’re right on the edge, living in the third space, transitory ground between the browns on the ground and the greens in the trees. They’re not iPhones, but they’re not desktops either. Right in the middle — and perhaps drawing business from both sides?”

Bark anole, A. distichus, from Dust Tracks on the Web

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1 Response to Anoles of the Florida Keys

  1. Janson Jones says:

    Thanks for the kind words, Jonathan! And a request to all the Anolis lovers at the Annals: I’ve got a photograph of what I believe could be A. porcatus at the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden taken this week here: If you’ve got the time, energy, and/or mojo, could you check it out and let me know what you think? Further context/commentary is provided on the post. I’d appreciate the feedback!

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