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Brown Anolis

Name Dutch: Brown Anolis
Scientific name:
Anolis Sagreic
Origin: North America
Age: 10 years
Height: +/- 20cm
Day temperature: 24 – 28°c
Humidity: 60-70%
Activity: Active day
Legislation: None
Climate: Tropical rainforest
Stay: Terrariums
Heat place: 30-32°c
Night temperature: 20 – 22°c
Night humidity: 80 - 90%

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The brown anole is a small, diurnal lizard species found primarily in the southeastern United States. Here they can be found in forests and parks as well as in populated areas, as long as there are plants nearby. The male Brown Anole is about 20 cm long, the largest part consists of its tail. The animals are grey/brown in color with a busy drawing on it, which ensures a high contrast. In some cases brown anoles are almost uniformly gray. Which probably has to do with stress levels. The males have a thickened caudal peduncle containing the hemipenis. The head is relatively shorter than that of the red-throated anoli.

Under the throat hangs a dewlap that they can expand. This dewlap is orange colored with a yellow band around it, it is used to show off to women or to intimidate other men. During this behavior there may also be a small crest on the neck and back that extends over the tail. The females of the Brown Anole are smaller than the males and have a prominent white stripe running down the back that extends over the hips. The dewlap of the woman is many times smaller than the dewlap of the man and is also colored. This makes it more difficult to distinguish young animals from sex. Females remain a lot smaller and have less markings on the body.

red-throated anolis are agile climbers and can climb almost any surface. However, in nature these are rarely found higher than two meters. That the anoles can climb so well is due to the adhesive lamellae they have under the toes. These slats consist of small pads that in turn consist of millions of tiny hairs that can grip any surface. Other lizards such as geckos also have these legs.

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Brown Anoles are best kept as a couple or trio, which means: 1 male with at least 1 female. These can be housed in a terrarium of 45x45x60 cm or larger. Please note, Brown Anoles are more territorial than, for example, Red-throated Anoles and therefore should not be combined with other lizards.

The terrarium may be furnished with branches or stumps and living or artificial plants. It is best to use coconut fiber / humus as a soil, this retains moisture well and real plants can be used. Furthermore, a water bowl is important from which animals can drink easily, a waterfall can also be used for this. It is allowed to spray lightly once a day by means of a plant sprayer or sprinkler system. The anoles will also drink drops of leaves and branches.

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The terrarium can be heated by a heat spot, make sure that the animals cannot sit against it. Under the heat spot, a basking spot of about 32°c is desirable. Because anoles are day active animals, a UV-B lamp is recommended. By using UV-B lighting, the animals produce vitamin D3, which ensures good calcium absorption. A good mineral preparation must then be used. A good UV lamp also emits UV-A, so that the animals can also see the difference between day and night. The animals can also distinguish each other better as species and sex through UV-A radiation.

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Sex discrimination & Reproduction

The difference between men and women can be clearly seen in the dewlap that the man can display to impress a woman and to make it clear to other men that it is his territory. The males also have a thickened caudal peduncle where the hemipenis are located and may develop a small crest on the neck. The women are relatively smaller than the men and often have a white stripe down the back that extends past the hips.

If a man wants to mate with a woman, he will try to impress the woman with his dewlap which he extends and retracts. He will stand high on his front legs to make himself as large as possible. If the female is impressed by this she will let the male in and a short mating will take place. After a few weeks, the female will deposit her developed eggs in a sheltered place. This is usually under materials such as branches or leaves lying on the ground. These eggs will hatch after about six weeks.

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The food for anoles mainly consists of insects such as: crickets, mini grasshoppers, curling flies and other small food that they can find. It is recommended to feed the animals regularly because of their active behavior. This ensures faster digestion and satisfies the need for energy. Feed the insects in advance with a good vitamin preparation such as Sticky Tongue Farms Vit-All what you feed the insects. Then powder with a good mineral preparation such as Sticky Tongue Farms Miner-All† By giving these preparations in combination with a good UV B lamp, the Anoles get all the vitamins and minerals they need.

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