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Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

Reported By:
Janson Jones
Time:
April 6th, 2014 - 09:01 AM
State:
Florida
County:
Volusia
Age:
Sub-Adult
Sex:
Unknown
Method:
Visual Encounter

Notes

This is interesting. Despite being trunk-crown ecomorphs, I've noticed a large number of A. carolinensis low-riding water-level vegetation. I recorded a ton of this behavior at a Grand Bay WMA in Lowndes county, Georgia, and I'm seeing it quite a bit now in Volusia county, Florida. On the other side, I never see A. sagrei low-riding over water, though the Cuban species is a trunk-ground ecomorph. This water activity by carolinensis doesn't seem to be an adaptation to increased competition from sagrei; in Lowndes county, I never once spotted a Cuban brown anole at Grand Bay, though I did find a few populations in downtown Valdosta. So, I have no idea why A. carolinensis does this. This individual was photographed on surface level vegetation in the Haw Creek area of Volusia county (a bit north of Heart Island Conservation area, near SR 40. Have y'all seen Carolina green anoles riding the water level when there's *also* an abundance of land and higher foliage in the immediate vicinity?

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