More Red-Headed Brown Anoles, This Time From Gulf States

Photo by Patricia Sanders.

Photo by Patricia Sander from New Orleans, LA.

We’ve had reports of red-headed and orange-headed A. sagrei previously, but here are some new records. Bob Thomas, Director of the Center for Environmental Communication at Loyola University in New Orleans, sent along photos of red heads from both New Orleans (above) and Mississippi (below). If you click on the links to the previous posts, you’ll see that these have been reported far and wide, but we have no idea whether there is any adaptive significance to this stylish look.

Photo by Brad Glorioso from Hancock Co., MS

Photo by Brad Glorioso from Hancock Co., MS

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.

One thought on “More Red-Headed Brown Anoles, This Time From Gulf States

  1. It was the amazing variety in colour and patterns in Anolis sagrei in my garden (New Providence, The Bahamas) that resulted in my becoming a ‘herpetologist’. Particularly at this time of year (August) and during the wet weather the garden is teeming with juvenile Anolis sagrei in a myriad of patterns with distinct “red-heads” mixed in among them. This poorly focused photo was taken in my garden back in about 1990 before I was serious enough to date my photographs.

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