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Experience Level: Beginner

Anole in habitat

Male Anoles

Did you know? Male Anoles are very dominant and territorial. They show their dominance by bobbing their heads and flaring their dewlap. These behaviors are intended to intimidate other Anoles. The loser of the confrontation retreats to a different territory. Male Anoles may even react to their own reflection in a mirror.

Step 1Choosing a Terrarium

Anoles live in the southeast United States and Caribbean Islands and require a warm, humid
environment. Anoles of the same sex can be housed together.

(A) 10-gallon (18-20" tall) or larger terrarium for a single Anole.

• A larger terrarium is needed if housing multiple animals.
• Taller enclosures for climbing are preferred.

(B) Screened lid, if not included with habitat.

Step 2Heating and Lighting

Temperature gradients are required (from top to bottom of habitat) to regulate their body temperature. Temperatures should also vary between daytime and nighttime hours.

• Equip the habitat with (C) two thermometers (one high and one low) and (D) one hygrometer to monitor the temperature and humidity levels.
• The basking spot should be the warmest point in the habitat during the day. Heat is provided by a (E) high-wattage heat bulb placed directly above the basking spot. During the evening hours, the basking light should be turned off.
• Use a ceramic heat emitter or night heat lamp as needed to maintain nighttime temperatures.

Target Range
Humidity 50-80%
Day - Cool Area 75-85o F (24-29o C)
Day - Basking Spot 85-90o F (29-32o C)
Night 60-75o F (16-24o C)
• Anoles are diurnal, meaning they are most active during the day. Use a (F) UVA/UVB (ultraviolet light) fluorescent bulb for about 12 hours per day.
• For night viewing, and to minimize visible light seen by your Anole, use a night-specific bulb.


Step 3Substrate and Decor

(G) Use 2-3" (5-8 cm) layer of coconut fiber or bark.
• Clean out waste weekly and completely change bedding at least once a month.

(H) Include decor to elevate your Anole closer to the heat source for basking.
(I) Add a wood/rock hiding place in the cool area of the home for hiding.
• Provide branches (artificial or live) for hiding and climbing. Anoles love environments with live plants.

Anole reptile in terrarium

New surroundings and environments can be stressful for reptiles. Prior to handling your pet, give him 3-4 days to adjust to his new surroundings while monitoring his behavior for any signs of stress or illness. Shortly after purchase, ask a veterinarian familiar with reptiles to examine your pet.

• Runny droppings for more than two days

• Eating or drinking less; weight loss

• Swollen joints

• Discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth

• Shedding problems; discolored skin

• Avoidance of the basking area; more time spent hiding

If you notice any of the above signs, speak with a PetSmart store associate or reptile veterinarian with questions about the health of your pet.

Pets purchased at PetSmart are part of our exclusive Vet Assured™ program; a program designed by PetSmart veterinarians to help improve the health and well-being of our pets.

The program includes:
• Specific standards our vendors agree to meet in caring for and observing pets for common illnesses.

• Specific standards for in-store pet care.

• The PetSmart Promise: If your pet becomes ill during the initial 14-day period, or if you’re not satisfied for any reason, PetSmart will gladly replace the pet or refund the purchase price.

Other Reminders

Use caution when handling reptiles. All pets may bite or scratch especially when stressed. Always handle your turtle by the mid section and not by the limbs. Supervise children around pets.

Pets may transmit disease to humans; be sure to wash your hands before and after handling your pet, the aquarium water or cleaning its home.