Brown and Green Anoles Dewlap Duetting

Brown and green anole on South Padre Island. Photo by Dave Wells.

Brown and green anole on South Padre Island. © Dave Welling

Here’s a marvelous photo of something I’ve never seen before. Nature photographer Dave Welling, who has some fabulous shots of anoles and other wildlife (don’t miss the rattlesnake striking the green jay), describes how he was “just photographing birds one day on South Padre Island and found a green anole. He started displaying on the tree branch when a brown anole approached from another direction. They both decided to see whose dewlap was bigger and they spent about 10 minutes moving around each other and displaying. Quite a sight and I too have never seen it before or since.”

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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