Anolis Grabs Olympic Gold

At least vicariously. Track & field aficionado Kevin de Queiroz pointed out that A. aeneus featured prominently in this profile of Grenadian gold medal sprinter Kirani James. Check out at about the 1:00 mark above, or 0:53 in the nicer, official NBC version, but one requiring you to watch a short commercial first.

About Jonathan Losos

Professor and Curator of Herpetology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. I've spent my entire professional career studying anoles and have discovered that the more I learn about anoles, the more I realize I don't know.

4 thoughts on “Anolis Grabs Olympic Gold

  1. I remember watching this and laughing out loud because it felt really “B reel” – when I was in Montserrat in January 2010, some folks from the Discovery channel were filming a reality show. I caught some critters for them to film – among them, I caught some handsome A. lividus males. They used some of it in their B reel – the filler between scenes, dialogue, etc. I think NBC must have some stock B reel on Grenada and, indeed, anoles are featured. It makes me wonder if the A. lividus I caught will make it into NBC footage when a Montserratian olympian gets a gold medal.

  2. Who would have thought that TV coverage of the London Olympics was a promising place for anole spotting? Here’s a link to a larger version of the clip. This sighting reminds me of two other odd places where I’ve seen anoles: the film Help! starring the Beatles (some scenes shot in the Bahamas) and the magazine Sports Illustrated (one of the swimsuit issues shot in the British Virgin Islands).

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