Anoles and Orchids

A while back, we noted that “apparently no one has posted a picture of an anole sitting on an orchid on the internet.” Recently, alert reader Tsjok De Clercq has discovered that this is no longer true. He has pointed us to an image on The Orchid Source  that shows a festive anole (A. sagrei) on what appears to be a houseplant. Of greater interest is the post on Ricardo’s Blog, Orchids, Parrots, Fish and People describing a Puerto Rican crested anole found in nature on a red orchid, which seemed to be a complete fail in the remaining cryptic department. Thanks for the tip, Tsjok!

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.

3 thoughts on “Anoles and Orchids

  1. There’s more to this story. Ricardo Valentine is the premier Amazon parrot aviculturist in the world, and is the driving force behind the successful reintroduction of the Puerto Rican parrot to the Río Abajo forest of Puerto Rico. He shares his home in the Río Abajo forest with a multitude of anoles, his orchid collection, and- best of all- a number of Puerto Rican boas.

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