Another Anole Amputee Doing Just Fine

I’m always amazed by the ability of anoles to survive–even prosper!–with dramatic injuries. How could a lizard get by missing half of a hind leg? How does it capture prey or escape predators? Display credibly? But they do. We’ve reported incidents of three-legged lizards before, and are always looking for more examples.

The photo above is a fine example, reported by Karen Cusick on Daffodil’s Photo Blog. The brown anole also had a mysterious dent on its site. Must have been a traumatic event.

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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