Brown Anole

Anolis sagrei

Description

While far more common in states such as Florida and Louisiana, the nonnative Brown Anole can be found in coastal urban centers and occasionally in other city areas of Mississippi. They are characterized by more complex brown patterns, occasionally with yellow spots, and blunter snouts than Green Anoles. While the native Green Anole may change color to brown, Brown Anoles can never turn green. Females have a lighter row of scales down the middle of the back. Adult males will compete for territory by doing “pushup” motions and flashing the bright orange-pink dulap (extending neck flap). They may be found in a wide range of habitats and feast on invertebrates.

Male Brown Anole on a fencepost, Jefferson Par. (LA)

Identifying Traits

  • Patterned brown body
  • Shorter head and snout than the native green anole
Range

Habitat

Urban areas, may invade natural habitats when excessively established

Behavior

Males are territorial and will do “pushups” and flex their dulaps when other males are present. They occasionally do this upon encountering people as well. May outcompete native anoles in areas of high brown anole density.

Diet

Various invertebrates

Female, Jefferson Par. (LA)
Adult Male, Jefferson Par. (LA)