Find the Anole: Squamates Versus Archosaurs

Regular readers of Anole Annals may remember the “Find the Anole” series that has been popular over the last few years. It has been a while since we enjoyed such fun times, so I wanted to breathe new life into this classic challenge.

Earlier today I visited Dinosaur World in Plant City, Fl. and enjoyed the contrast between Mesozoic and Cenozoic  reptile diversity. It was very exciting. Below are two images from their grounds for your enjoyment. Can you find and identify the anoles in these photos? A far bigger challenge may be to identify the dinosaurs illustrated by these statues.

Find the anole 1

Find and identify the anole.

On a separate note, if you are ever passing through central Florida with your families, stop by Dinosaur World. The interpreters were quite good with our kids, there are over 200 life-sized (and colorful) dinosaur statues, they clearly state that the earth is 4.5 billion years old, and there are no humans riding dinosaurs. I was pleasantly surprised by all of this in this part of the country. Its worth a few hours of your time!

Find the anole and identify the species.

About Thomas Sanger

Thom Sanger is an Assistant Professor at Loyola University in Chicago. His lab specializes on understanding the developmental bases of Anolis lizard diversity.

3 thoughts on “Find the Anole: Squamates Versus Archosaurs

  1. Couldn’t get to the image page for the first photo. For the second, there’s an anole (looks like a female Anolis sagrei) on the left lower jaw of the dinosaur statue that’s closer to the camera.

  2. Top Image: looks like some kind of ankylosaurian, possibly in the nodosauridae? If they are trying to recreate the Crystal Palace and BW Hawkins’ statues, then it could be Hylaeosaurus – one of the first dinosaurs described in the Victorian Era. (Anolis sagrei on the lower lip).

    Second Image: large coelurosaurs, probably ornithomimids, I’ll guess Gallimimus since they are famous from the JP movies. Anolis sagrei on the lower jaw.

    What’s with the lizards on the dinosaur lips?

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