Anolis Lizard

August 9, 2009
Anolis Lizard

1/500sec @ f/5.6
240mm, ISO400, 0ev
Nikon D40
AF-S 70-300mm 4.5-5.6

I am trying to work my way through over 400 different species of Anolis Lizard to work out which one this is.

I feel lucky (also a little ashamed) to have got the shot with its dewlap out. The Lizard sits very still and then very quickly puffs itself up and out comes the “dewlap”. It is a very strange process. The Lizards are very skitty and move quickly. Aparently the dewlap pops out for one of two reasons – first is to ward off predators and second is to attract females. I am assuming it knew I wasn’t a female Lizard so I am a little ashamed to say it was probably uncomfortable having a large lens shoved in its face.

  1. Dear Rob
    Stunning picture. You should feel proud… not ashamed.

    Do you mind if I include it in a lecture on air sacs in animals?

    Keep snapping


  2. Angie Graham says:

    Just moved here from Kansas, & have way to much time on my hands! Watching the lizards alot!! Thanks for such an easy & interesting site.


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