Language English Brown anole Photo: Biodôme OngletsDescriptionDistinguishing featuresThe brown anole has an elongated, brown body, a pointed muzzle and a long tail. The female and young have pale bands or a series of spots on their backs. The male has a pale band on its throat and chest; a loose flap of red skin (dewlap) hangs from its throat. ReproductionThis lizard reaches sexual maturity at one year. During the mating period, the male performs a mating dance, raising and lowering his head and expanding his dewlap to impress the female. If she accepts his advances, she arches her back. Otherwise, she ignores him. Once fertilized, the female lays one or two eggs, which take 2 to 3 months to incubate. The female lays eggs at a 3-to-6-week interval. DietBrown anole eats small arthropods, mainly insects. PredatorsTheir enemies are snakes, birds and mammals. HabitatBrown anole lives mostly on the ground, hiding amongst rocks. They are found from Florida to Central America and in the Bahamas, Cuba and Jamaica. Ecology, behaviourThese lizards do not change colour, as do green anoles. French nameAnole brun Scientific nameAnolis sagreiPhylumChordataClassReptiliaOrderSquamataFamilyDactyloidaeSizeLength: 20 cmLife spanIn captivity: 3 to 4 yearsStatusNot evaluated (IUCN). The species appears to be abundant in the wild.