A Brown Anole with a Taste for Spiders

Photo by Karen Cusick

Karen Cusick keeps a close eye on her backyard anoles and reports her observations–with lovely photos–on her blog, Daffodil’s Photo Blog. Recently, she described a brown anole that has a penchant for eating spiders, and she told us how it does it: “It sits very still and carefully watches the grass near the back door, and then suddenly sprints over to a spot in the grass and comes up with a spider in its mouth. It must really like spiders! Ants, on the other hand, are pretty much ignored by anoles. I’ve watched ants walk right past anoles, even walking over their feet or tails, and the anoles don’t even seemed tempted.”

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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