More Missing Limbs and a Lizard Slumber Party

Several days ago, I reported on skeletal anomalies from this year’s trip to the Bahamas and wondered what cool stuff we might see next. Much to my surprise, the next surprise turned up the very next day, in the form of Mexican anole maestro Levi Gray, making his first appearance in the Caribbean. Welcome to the big leagues, Levi!

The next night, Levi strolled down to our place to do some night herping–and wouldn’t you know?–en route the very first Anolis smaragdinus he had ever seen turned out to be of the three-footed variety. Add another example to our parade of limb-reduced anoles.

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Later on, while out looking for more greens, we came across this pair of lizards snoozing.

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But closer examination shows that that’s not a pair, but a trio, with one anole sleeping on top of another. Now, that’s something I’ve never seen before!

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Lastly, my favorite shots of the trip, now finished.

Anolis sagrei. Photo by Jonathan Losos

Anolis sagrei. Photo by Jonathan Losos

Anolis distichus. Photo Jonathan Losos

Anolis distichus. Photo Jonathan Losos

Anolis smaragdinus. Photo by Jonathan Losos

Anolis smaragdinus. Photo by Jonathan Losos

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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.

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