Striped Anole, Displaying

July 14th, 2012 - 10:22 PM | Filed under Featured Photos | No comments

April 23, 2012 | Arikok National Park, Aruba

The Striped Anole, Anolis lineatus, was probably the species of lizard I most encountered in Aruba. I assume the common and scientific names refer to those dark broken lateral stripes, but it’s known locally as Waltaka.

Here’s another one, a female perhaps.

Female? Or a young male?

My earlier post of the lizard on a tree is also one.

After a good bit of googling, I came across a good free resource on the reptiles and amphibians of Aruba, link below.

Reference:

Amphibians and Reptiles of Aruba
by R. Andrew Odum
PDF hosted at WildAruba

Anole

July 4th, 2011 - 10:04 AM | Filed under Featured Photos | No comments

 

January 21, 2011 | Finca La Isla, Limon Province, Costa Rica

 

Anoles were abundant everywhere I went in Costa Rica. They are difficult to identify though, and I gave up trying to figure out which species this might be.

 

Anole

 

 

Slender Anole

June 5th, 2011 - 8:39 AM | Filed under Featured Photos | No comments

 

January 20, 2011 | Armonia Nature Preserve, Limon Province, Costa Rica

 

I photographed this slender anole, Norops limifrons, not long after sunset. This species is common and abundant in Costa Rica. It ranges from Mexico to Panama.

According to Leenders, observations suggest that this species mates for life, a rare behavior for a lizard. Energy otherwise spent by the male on defending a territory against other males is instead spent on maintaining the relationship with the female. The male and female stick together, usually never more than a few meters apart. If I’d known this at the time, I’d have looked around for this one’s mate.

References:

A Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica
by Twan Leenders
The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica:
A Herptofauna between Two Continents, between Two Seas

by Jay Mathers Savage