Cannibalism in Jamaica: Anolis grahami Eats Another Anole

Photo by Wendy Lee

Wendy Lee photographed a Graham’s anole eating another anole, probably an A. lineatopus. The event went down on November 25, 2013 in Runaway Bay, Jamaica, where Wendy runs a wildlife rescue facility, the Seven Oaks Sanctuary for Wildlife. We’ve discussed anoles eating other anoles several times in these pages, most recently with regard to A. sabanus

Photo by Wendy Lee

Photo by Wendy Lee



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.

6 thoughts on “Cannibalism in Jamaica: Anolis grahami Eats Another Anole

  1. Is it “cannibalism” when an adult of one species consumes an individual of another species? I thought the standard definition was the eating of any animal by another member of the same species.

  2. Jonathon, I am naive about anoles. I wonder about the “eye-like” structure on the forehead of the anole in photo 3 (from above). I wonder if that is a sensory organ (or just a blemish :). It looks a bit like the 3rd eye of The Buddha.
    Thanks for posting and any reply.

  3. Jonathon, Fascinating and thanks for the education.
    I will be examining my green anole for her extra (2) eyes.
    I look forward to your future contributions and reading each of the references you provided.

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