Anolis garmani, the Green Venus

While canoodling about on the internet, I came across this delightful drawing of a green guana (Anolis garmani), which in turn led me to its source, Naturalist’s Sojourn in Jamaicapublished in 1851. Here’s the charming description of the species, including evidence that the art of lizard noosing has a long history. The description starts here:

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It then continues:

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and concludes:

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And here’s the title page:

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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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