Category Archives: Research Methods

Evolution of a Lizard Room, Part VI: Generating Food In House

In a previous post on the evolution of the Glor Lab’s lizard room, Julienne discussed our general strategy for acquiring anole food.  As Julienne discussed, the crickets for our adult lizards are obtained primarily in the form of bi-weekly shipments … Continue reading

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Baby Anoles – Cute, Cuddly, and Easily Staged!

Check out this piece in the New Scientist, which picked up on our images of Anolis embryos and Thom’s awesome research! http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2011/12/teeny-lizards-reveal-the-cuter.html The readers of this blog do not need to be convinced that anoles are an amazing model system … Continue reading

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Challenges and Resources for the Post-genomic Era of Anole Research

The Anolis carolinensis genome represents the first annotated squamate genome and provides a valuable resource for those interested in anole morphology, development, physiology, systematics, and behavior (yes, even behavior!).  Since the release of the original A. carolinensis draft genome in … Continue reading

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Anolis – Now in 3D!

Jumping on the 3D bandwagon that has infested Hollywood, I wanted to introduce the Anole Annals community to the newest tool being employed to study Anole diversity and evolution, High Resolution X-ray Computed Tomography, or CT scanning for short. HRXCT … Continue reading

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Evolution of a Lizard Room, Part V: The Shopvac

As we’ve discussed previously in our series on the evolution of a lizard room, some little tools and tricks can save you lots of time when maintaining a reasonably large lizard breeding facility.  One useful new tool that we added to … Continue reading

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Marking Techniques for Population Studies

Many studies of natural selection, behavioral ecology, and population biology in anoles focus on one to several populations over the course of days, weeks, or months. These studies require reliable identification of individual lizards over time. I describe several ID’ing … Continue reading

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Evolution of a Lizard Room, Part IV: Crickets

To continue our series on lab anole husbandry, let’s talk food! We feed our room full of hungry anoles Acheta crickets ordered from Fluker Farms. We house crickets in 21-gallon plastic tubs (bought from places like Target or Home Depot) … Continue reading

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