Praying Mantis Eats Anole

carolinensis eaten by praying mantis

The stuff of science fiction horror stories. We’ve previously reported on spiders eating anoles [e.g., 1, 2 and type “spiders” into search bar for more], but reports of anolivory by other invertebrates are scarce. Some others (from p.141 of Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree): katydids, tarantulas, whip scorpions, and centipedes.

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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