Another Three-Legged Lizard

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Here’s yet another three-legged lizard. This is a male brown anole (Anolis sagrei) from Abaco, Bahamas  Despite missing most of its right leg (yes, the image is reversed), the little guy was fat and sassy and got around just fine. When he was let go, he even crouched down as if about to jump, before thinking better of it.

We’ve had plenty of previous postings on these three-leggers [for the full list, type “three-legged lizard” into the search bar on the right]. Always looking for more examples!


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.

2 thoughts on “Another Three-Legged Lizard

  1. I have had a three legged brown anole (missing the front left arm I think) living in and out of my house for many months now. I think she is laying eggs because I keep finding piles of hatched eggs in the middle of my floor (maybe kicking out the old ones before laying new ones?). About a month ago, a suitor has joined her and they hang out together (like 1 cm apart) both inside and outside. The new male anole seems to have a damaged dewlap (it won’t fully retract) for the past few days or so. Maybe they are a good match :-)

    Unfortunately I haven’t been abut to get a good picture, they are fairly skittish.

  2. I have one exactly like that. He lost his right leg due territorial disputes. He’s green right now and perched atop a stuffed animal. He has lost use of his other back leg but it still has blood flow and the vet said the nerve should repair itself and he will gain back functioning eventually. He’s still very much active and wants to do the anole thing but doesn’t realize he can’t really do them right now. Poor little boy.

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