An Anole Easter Egg Story

AA reader Ava writes: “Ironic that on Easter, I found myself on an egg hunt and found a green anole egg that I suspected had just been laid.  She would have laid it last night.  I put it in a cricket keeper (covered big holes), included the very soil the egg had been laid in and placed the keeper back in the main terrarium in the area where I had found it.

I read, afterward, that the position of the egg should not be disturbed. I fear I may have shifted it around in transfer. Have I blown it? Can one tell which end is up?

I live in Florida where the ‘takeover’ of the brown Bahamian anoles has been increasingly apparent.  The ‘greenies’ as we call them have taken to the trees, but seem fewer every year.  The browns are so aggressive. My hope is to ‘repopulate’ a certain mango tree where we used to see them. Pointless?  Anyone?

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.

2 thoughts on “An Anole Easter Egg Story

  1. I have been breeding Panamanian anoles for two years and collected and hatched many eggs. I experimented with orientation and found that changing the orientation and disturbing the eggs had no effect on hatching success.

  2. I second Jess. I used to be cautious about ensuring that the egg remained in the same orientation as it had been laid during my breeding experiments, but having had many eggs hatch after having been rolled around, it seems it doesn’t matter much. As long as your soil doesn’t dry out, you should have a baby anole within a month!

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