Dying Anoles with Eye Problems in Louisiana


AA reader Jonathan McFarland sent in these disturbing photos with the following remarks:

“I hope you can shed some light on what’s happening to the wild anoles in my Louisiana suburban yard. This week I have found two adolescents with both eyes bleeding or infected. The attached pictures show only one side of the specimens but in each case both eyes appeared as shown. Any info you could provide would be much appreciated.”

Thoughts, anyone?


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.

2 thoughts on “Dying Anoles with Eye Problems in Louisiana

  1. Hey there,

    I used to collect these anoles when I was 15. I had twenty of them, of which they lived very well. Some laid eggs, but nothing My daughter is 5 and also into reptiles, esp. lizards. We now have 5 green anoles,, 2 male & 3 new females. I’m having a 2nd childhood with her..lol
    From the look of the eyes, it looks like a fungal issue of some kind.I also hint at pesticides in residential areas wipe out the insects they eat.
    We have some here in GA, I’ve seen some as far north as Rome, GA! So far the new green anoles we have are eating well, and my daughter & I like to go out bug hunting. We use the fish nets so the green leafhoppers can’t get through the netting. We turn on the porch light at night to get the bugs. It’s going to be a challenge when winter comes along and bugs becoming scarce. I’ve seen some anoles here, far & between.

    I think people see them a lot, then they don’t. Again I think it is a fungal issue. I have tried with my anoles grapefruit seed extract in their water, just a few drops. It’s natural and kills fungal issues, antibacterial too.

    Thanks so much for your journal. I will happily contribute more if you want. I hope my photo loads. This is a happy skink with a very young anole we named Leaf.

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