Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)
Brown Anoles are small lizards that range from light tan to almost black in color. They will grow up to 7-8 inches long. Males are larger and more robust than females and have bright colored dewlaps they use to attract mates. These lizards can live up to 4-6 years if taken care of properly. Because these lizards are hardy and easy to care for, they make a good choice for beginner reptile owners.
Habitat and Tank Requirements:
This species is native to Cuba and the Bahamas but has spread to the Southern United States.
Brown Anoles do well with soil or reptile carpet as a substrate. Be sure to put enough live plants, rocks, and wood in the tank for your lizard to hide in.
This species does not require much space. A 15-20 gallon tank should be large enough to house 2 or 3 adults. A screen cover is recommended for your tank, as it allows better airflow and heating.
A comfortable temperature for these lizards is around 70-80º F during the day with slightly lower nighttime temperatures. LEDs or other low-wattage light bulbs work best for maintaining these temperatures.
Your tank should have a small, shallow bowl of water that is cleaned daily. This is for your lizard to drink from as well as wade in.
Brown Anoles are mainly insectivorous and feed on small crickets, fruit flies, mealworms, wax worms, and any other insect small enough for them to ingest. It is recommended that food be dusted with calcium to prevent bone softening.
Allow your lizard time to become accustomed to its new home before handling them extensively. Handling them little by little over a period of time lets the animal get used to you and reduces stress.