Green anoles settled in Florida long before humans. They have lived in this region for many thousands of years. Brown anoles, on the other hand, are newcomers. They are Cuban immigrants whose ancestors arrived in the 1940s and 50s. It is believed that they were stowaways on banana boats, on cigar ships, and on lumber lines.
“Green anoles are not going extinct—they are not even endangered,” says Eugene L. Brill, photographer, author and wannabe naturalist. “The bad news is, the brown anole populations are expanding rapidly, and the perception is that the greens are declining.”
Check out The Loveable Little Garden Lizards Fine Art Photography Coffee Table Book. This book about the anole garden lizards contains more than 75 high-quality photographs and takes a closer look the anole lizard, green and brown. The book covers their habitats, features, courtship, feeding habits and much more.
🎥 Watch this video of a green anole eating a dragonfly 🐊
Eugene Brill Lafreniere Park Birds and Wildlife Photography
EUGENE L. BRILL is a landscape, nature, wildlife, and travel photographer and author. His passion is conservation and wilderness photography through the lens of an amateur naturalist, and he publishes The Wannabe Naturalist™ magazine. He does not hold a PhD in environmental science, botany, or another scientific field, however he is a dedicated student of nature, as well as an avid gardener, sustainable landscape designer, and photographer. Although Eugene does not speak with the vocabulary of taxonomic groupings, species, and genera, he can communicate clearly with “Joe Public” in language easy to understand—thanks to his MBA in business/marketing and mentoring of startup entrepreneurs. Eugene is constantly improving his photography skills and his ability to translate science into plain English. He loves to share knowledge and his photography, and he believes that “Nature Deficit Disorder” (NDD) is real, agreeing that “forest bathing” (fully clothed, of course. . .😊) makes us happier, healthier, and more creative.