Battling Crested Anoles (A. cristatellus) in South Miami, FL

While out watching lizards last week with my undergraduate research assistant extraordinaire, Oliver Ljustina, and fellow SoFlo anole Ph.D. student Winter Beckles, we happened upon a pair of male crested anoles (Anolis cristatellus) ready to rumble! This is quite early – but not unheard of – in the season for the commencement of territorial disputes, so it was a surprise to see them locking horns so aggressively. This couple were battling fairly high in the tree, at approximately 3m.

Anyway, here are the pictures!








6 thoughts on “Battling Crested Anoles (A. cristatellus) in South Miami, FL

    1. Hi Brian, it wasn’t there but elsewhere in the Gardens. If you would ever like to meet and take a walk together I would be happy to! Feel free to email me: jamesTstroud (at)

  1. Hi, great pictures. I have been trying to identify a pair of lizards unlike any I have seen previously in Gainesville FL. Your pictures of Anolis cristatellus are the closest I have found online, but there are a few (possibly insignificant) differences: 1) the white spots on the body of the Gainesville lizards appear more randomly distributed, as opposed to being arranged in longitudinal lines; 2) the bars around the mouths in your pictures were either absent or less noticeable on my lizards; 3) the overall body color of my lizards was darker, almost to the point of being black. Could these differences be simply within-species variations, or is there another species that might be a better match?

    1. Huh, interesting! Feel free to email me a picture (jamesTstroud [at] – I would be really interested in taking a look), or alternatively put together a post on here to get broader opinions. Cheers, James

    2. I am 80% sure that these are crested anoles (based on dewlaps when I was taking the pictures), much darker as you say, are they closer to what you have seen?

      There is a lot of variation in color patterning among brown anoles so it is still possible that they were brown anoles up that far north, did you get a chance to see the dewlap? That is the easier differentiator between the species.

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