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Category Archives: Notes from the Field
Can You Spot the Sleeping Anole?
If you can find the sleeping anole in those photo, you will have contributed to cataloging the anole fauna of the Dominican Republic. Points if you can identify the species. Hint – the photo was taken on the northern slopes … Continue reading
White Nose Fungus? Or Just Shed Skin?
I’ve noticed that many of the anoles in my breeding colony occasionally have white protuberances emerging from their nostrils, like the two-month old hatchling to the left. I haven’t been able to determine whether these protuberances are the remnants of … Continue reading
Scantlebags: A New Innovation for Anole Field Work
When in the field, we often need to temporarily house many animals from multiple localities for a short period of time. While doing this, we need to keep animals healthy and track collection sites during transportation. Anole researchers have used a … Continue reading
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Not All Embryos are Created Equal
The pages of Anole Annals were recently graced with beautiful photos of Anolis embryos (here), their allure attracting attention from far and wide (here). Unfortunately, development doesn’t always go according to plan. While slight perturbations to development can create fodder … Continue reading
Staged Anole Fights on YouTube?
Fights among anoles are fairly common in nature, and we’ve had several previous posts documenting anole fights captured on film (1, 2, 3, 4). A casual browsing of YouTube reveals many more anole fights, mostly between male Anolis carolinensis (1, 2, … Continue reading
Thanks-giving Far from Home
Part of any field-based research program are the random, unimagined discoveries that develop into fascinating side projects. (I’m sure that statement made my advisor’s blood pressure swell a tad). One such “discovery” I’ve been a part of during my adventures … Continue reading
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My First Field Expedition
Hello everyone! My name is Asa Conover, I am a student at Stuyvesant High School in New York, and this is my first post on AA. This summer I accompanied Martha Muñoz and Maureen Stimola on their trip to the … Continue reading
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Honey Holes and Rare Anoles
Saludos desede la República Dominicana! I’m just past the middle of a 6 week trip to the eastern half of Hispaniola to collect specimens and ecological data for geckos of the genus Sphaerodactylus as part of my thesis work. I’m … Continue reading
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Juvenile Feeding Behavior
Over the past 6 weeks or so, I’ve been spending a lot of time caring for Anolis carolinensis hatchlings as part of my common garden experiment. One of the most striking things that I’ve noticed about these growing lizards is … Continue reading
Seven Anole Species Found at a Site on the Ecuador – Colombia Border
On the Tropical Herping website, Lucas Bustamante provides a report–accompanied by gorgeous photographs–of the seven species of anoles, as well as other reptiles and amphibians, found on a Tropical Herping field trip to Chical, a frontier site near the border … Continue reading
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Jack Frost Nipping At My Embryos
Two weeks ago our building decided to test its emergency power generators. They assured us there should be no problems (never the case) and that electronics plugged into emergency wall sockets shouldn’t have a disruption in power while others might … Continue reading
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Anole murder mystery, Part II
In a recent post Miguel Landestoy shared a phenomenal photo of an unfortunate Anolis whitemani that met an untimely end in the dunes of Salinas, in the Dominican Republic. This got me thinking about odd anole deaths that I have … Continue reading
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Anolis carolinensis in South Georgia
After living much of my life in the anole-saturated forests and neighborhoods of central Florida, somewhere beneath the Spanish Moss, I lived and worked in Anchorage, Alaska for four years. Other than the occasional wood frog, Rana sylvatica, my interactions … Continue reading
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Zig First, Then Zag.
This female Anolis carolinensis has a tail that is kinked in a zig-zag fashion, starting from what seems to be the proximal autotomization point and continuing distally along the tail. The kinks are permanent. Running the tail between one’s fingers fails … Continue reading
Predation on Anoles – A Revisit to the Turks and Caicos
To revisit an earlier post, here is some more information about the Southern Bahamas Anole, Anolis scriptus. In the Turks and Caicos Islands, this species is a crucial component of the terrestrial herpetofauana… as prey for other reptiles! Readers of … Continue reading
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Amazing Anole Fight Caught on Film
Fights between male anoles in nature can get pretty serious. A few dramatic anole fight videos have already been posted on-line, including some mentioned previously on anole annals (, ). Recently, I posted photos from a fight we saw this … Continue reading
Anolis Video from Day’s Edge
Another video about Anolis research from Day’s Edge Productions. Cool research! Great footage!
Anoles: They’re Just Like Us!
They wake up, but hit the snooze button before they really get moving. They poop, grab something to eat, and then check out the neighborhood. They take wrong turns, and have to turn around when they reach a dead end. Young … Continue reading
Dominican anoles that bask together, stick together
I am irreparably fond of anoles, but I must admit that they are not the cuddliest of beasts. In fact, they can be downright unfriendly, especially with each other. The mere sight of another male sends anoles into spasms and, … Continue reading
Anole Annals Trivia: What are We Looking At?
The invertebrates in the image above were photographed yesterday in the Dominican Republic. Today’s trivia is related to these invertebrates and consists of three questions: 1. What are these invertebrates and how do they interact with anoles? 2. How many … Continue reading
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