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Green Anole

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Traits & behavior

Insectivores
This means they eat mostly live insects.

Diurnal
This means they're active during the day and sleep at night.

Communal
They live well together and with other similarly-sized, gentle reptiles or amphibians like house geckos, long-tailed lizards or green treefrogs. If housing multiple pets, watch for any aggressive or territorial behavior.
 

Things to remember

Supervision
Always supervise children when they're observing your green anole.

Handling
Anoles move very quickly and should not be handled very much. Take care to never handle him by the tail - it could break off.

Environment
Green anoles come from a tropical environment and need a warm, humid home.

Food safety
Remove uneaten insects from the habitat at the end of the day; do not allow to remain in habitat overnight.

Safety & cleanliness
Please remember that all pets may bite or scratch, and may transmit disease to humans. Keep your pet's home clean and wash your hands before and after handling your pet or cleaning his home. Infants, young children, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, and the infirm or elderly are at greater risk of infections and should use caution when in contact with the pet or its habitat. Consult your doctor for more information.
 

Nutrition

Crickets & worms

Green anoles eat small, live insects, like "gut loaded" (feed the insects a special supplement so they have extra nutrients) crickets, mealworms or wax worms.

Feeding amount & frequency
Feed juveniles twice a day; adults 3-4 times a week. Offer an amount that can be consumed by the end of the day

Calcium dust
"Dust" the insects with a calcium supplement twice a week - ask a PetSmart associate for details.

Water
Provide a shallow dish for drinking water and change it daily. Mist all surfaces of the habitat daily to provide drinking water and maintain humidity.

Health

Signs of a healthy green anole:

  • Curious, active behavior
  • Clear, alert eyes
  • Sheds regularly during growth
  • Eats and drinks normally
  • Breathes easily
  • Well-formed droppings every 2-3 days

Things to watch for:

  • Runny droppings or red streaks in droppings for more than two days
  • Lethargic behavior
  • Eating or drinking less; weight loss
  • Swollen joints
  • Shedding problems; discolored skin
  • Discharge from the eyes, nose or mouth

If you notice any of the signs above, please consult an experienced Reptile Veterinarian as soon as possible.
 

Habitat

Housing
Use a 10-gallon or larger, glass terrarium with a screen lid for proper ventilation.

Humidity
Keep the humidity level in the habitat at 70-80%. A hygrometer (humidity gauge) will help you keep track.

Temperatures

  • Day - Maintain a daytime temperature between 75-85° F
  • Basking - Provide a basking spot lamp to create a localized basking area of 85-90° F
  • Night - Maintain a nighttime temperature between 60-75° F
  • Place a thermometer at each end of the home to monitor temperatures

Plants
Green anoles love an environment with live plants. Choose pothos, philodendron or ficus.

Accessories

Include several places for your pet to hide, along with an assortment of climbing branches.

Lighting
Use a daytime UVA/UVB fluorescent bulb for approximately 12 hours of light per day to help your pet process calcium.

Bedding
Line the terrarium floor with 2"- 3" of coconut fiber or bark bedding to help maintain humidity levels. Remove waste weekly and change bedding at least once a month.

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