Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Puerto Rican Crested Anole

The Puerto Rican crested anole (anolis cristatellus) is found throughout Puerto Rico and has also been introduced to Hispaniola, Dominica and Florida. Their color ranges from brownish/red to dark black or light gray. 
There were lots of crested anoles in the vines next to the parking lot of our hotel in Levittown, Puerto Rico. 

A reddish color stands out on this anole as it catches some direct sun.
Males have a bright yellow/orange dewlap and both males and females have a crest along the tail. They spend most of their time perched on tree trunks. 
I caught this crested anole in El Yunque NF near the Yokahu Tower. 

A good photo of the yellow/orange dewlap.

1 comment:

  1. I love the green eyes of the anole in your first photos and the almost transparent-looking red head of the next anole.