Anole Eats Dragonfly

sagrei eating dragonfly from FB

Everyone loves a good photo of an anole eating something, and here’s a fine one of an anole chomping down on a dragonfly (or maybe a damselfly). It’s from the Facebook page of Tigertail Airboat Tours located on the Tamiami Trail in Florida. No details on what happened, but looks like a happy ending for one festive anole.

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.

5 thoughts on “Anole Eats Dragonfly

  1. I wonder if it was in fact a happy ending. I’ve seen a male A. oculatus in Dominica catch and kill a huge grasshopper only to completely fail at actually swallowing it. He ended up just deserting his prey.

  2. The dragonfly looks like a Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina). They’re very common in south Florida, even in urban areas. That’s a heck of a meal for an anole. I wonder how he fared.

  3. I’ve seen green anoles (A. carolinensis) in Miami eat butterflies hugely disproportionate to their head and body size.

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