New Research on the Pointy-Nosed Anole from Little Cayman (Anolis maynardi

It’s been too long since we’ve discussed that pointy-snouted marvel, the Little Cayman anole. Fortunately, Flicker, the bimonthly magazine of the Terrestrial Resources Unit of the Department of the Environment of the Cayman Islands, has ended the drought, featuring a new research project on one of our favorite species in its most recent issue. For … Continue reading New Research on the Pointy-Nosed Anole from Little Cayman (Anolis maynardi

Anolis maynardi Male-Male Territorial Bout

This video was filmed and shared by Jen Moss of the Welch Lab at Mississippi State University. She observed the encounter near Preston Bay, Little Cayman, and it’s a great video showing this behavior. Lots of dewlaps, pushups, and potential exposure to predators owing to the use of a non-natural substrate. Thanks Jen!  

Anolis maynardi Uses that Long Snout for Biting!

Mike Vallee, a dive instructor on Little Cayman, spends his spare time watching that island’s delightfully long-schnozzed anole. What a great hobby! He says the “anoles are often found in and around the local agave plant. They are the perfect color match and their spiked leaves provide protection from birds and other predators.” He also … Continue reading Anolis maynardi Uses that Long Snout for Biting!

Tail Regeneration Rate In Anolis Maynardi

Pat Shipman, AA‘s correspondent in the Little Cayman bureau, reports: “We are very familiar with the individuals of A, maynardi that count our house in Little Cayman as their territory.  The individual shown here regularly sleeps on our screen porch in the gap at the top of the door.  He is shown in May 2011 in … Continue reading Tail Regeneration Rate In Anolis Maynardi

Holiday Observations Of Anolis Maynardi

Our A. maynardi in Little Cayman seem to be thriving. They have learned when I water the garden & have taken to either dropping out of the trees to lick waterdrops from the bushes or positioning themselves in advance. We also often see maynardi climbing up the outside of the window screen & licking the metal … Continue reading Holiday Observations Of Anolis Maynardi

Anolis Maynardi Tail Display

AA‘s correspondent in the Little Cayman bureau, Pat Shipman, reports: We are in Little Cayman, greatly enjoying our anoles (maynardi & sagrei).  This morning we observed an interesting confrontation between two large, presumed male maynardi.  Not only were they head bobbing and flashing their dewlaps at each other, but they put their tails UP and … Continue reading Anolis Maynardi Tail Display

Male-Male Interactions in Anolis maynardi

Two adult male A. maynardi were sitting on a flat tile deck about 6 inches apart with dewlaps exposed and head crests up. There was much head bobbing and they showed their bright yellow dewlaps by turning their heads sideways. Then fast wrestling occurred – It looked like they were using their mouths to bite … Continue reading Male-Male Interactions in Anolis maynardi

Information on Anolis Maynardi (AKA The Little Cayman Green Anolis)

My husband and I are retired professors living part-time on Little Cayman, so we have come to know both A. sagrei and A. maynardi fairly well. Due to the dearth of information on the latter, we’re posting whatever we’ve got in hopes it helps someone or inspires someone. We have one, a large male, who sleeps … Continue reading Information on Anolis Maynardi (AKA The Little Cayman Green Anolis)

Now That’s a Schnoz–New Data on Anolis Maynardi

In the pantheon of anoles, Anolis maynardi has a special place as one of the funniest looking species around. To the casual observer it appears that someone has taken an A. carolinensis (to which A. maynardi is closely related), grabbed it by the tip of the snout, and pulled it forward. The purpose of this … Continue reading Now That’s a Schnoz–New Data on Anolis Maynardi

Cayman Islands Anolis Research

The following was written by Amy Castle, an undergraduate and Summer Research Fellow in the Reynolds Lab at the University of North Carolina Asheville. This past May, I had the opportunity to join Dr. Geneva and his team in the Cayman Islands to assist with his research on Anolis sagrei. Along with my mentor, Dr. Graham … Continue reading Cayman Islands Anolis Research

Third Specimen of Anolis dissimilis Found in Brazil

In a recent paper in Herpetology Notes, de Freitas et al. report the third specimen of the species, the first from Brazil and the first in which a living specimen is illustrated. Look at that schnoz! Reminiscent of some members of the carolinensis species group, such as AA regular A. maynardi from the Cayman Islands. Here’s the illustration from Ernest Williams’ … Continue reading Third Specimen of Anolis dissimilis Found in Brazil

Anole Adventures in the Cayman Islands

As part of an ongoing study of Anolis sagrei, recently posted about here with additional links therein, I had the pleasure of joining Anthony Geneva and Shea Lambert on a trip to Cayman Brac. We later met up with Graham Reynolds and his undergraduate student Amy Castle on Little Cayman, and closed the trip out … Continue reading Anole Adventures in the Cayman Islands

Are Brown Anoles in Florida Really Driving Green Anoles to Extinction II: What Biogeography and Evolution Have to Say

Two days ago, Ambika Kamath posted an entry in which she observed that the green anoles in her study site in Gainesville are doing just fine, they’re just high up in the trees and harder to spot than the abundant browns. She concluded that, contrary to what many think, brown anoles are not threatening greens … Continue reading Are Brown Anoles in Florida Really Driving Green Anoles to Extinction II: What Biogeography and Evolution Have to Say

On Head Shape Of Trunk-Crown Anoles

AA commentator and Jamaican student Kuti Ra remarks (links to previous posts added by me: “I notice a lot of fuss on Anole Annals about the skull morphology of carolinensis clade anoles, so I thought I’d weigh in with a theory of my own. All that you are about to read comes from pure indirect observation and … Continue reading On Head Shape Of Trunk-Crown Anoles

The Caymans: Caribbean Herpetofauna Island(s) of the Day

Today’s Island of the Day is actually a set of three islands that make up The Cayman Islands: Little Cayman, Grand Cayman, and Cayman Brac. Little Cayman is a quiet little diving community with less than 100 residents, made up mostly of expats and people who run the hotels that host the tourists attracted by … Continue reading The Caymans: Caribbean Herpetofauna Island(s) of the Day

Three-Tailed Lizard

Last June, we had a discussion of tail regeneration (that was continued just last week), as part of which I stated that three-tailedness is known in lizards. And sure enough, here’s an example of it, albeit an agamid (at least it starts with “a”). Alan Templeton, of fruit fly and collared lizard fame, is the photographer, … Continue reading Three-Tailed Lizard

Recollections Of The Swan Islands

Yesterday I wrote about our upcoming trip to look for the giant brown anole, A. sagrei nelsoni (and other reptiles), in the Swan Islands of Honduras. To give a little flavor of what we have in store, here are two mini-reports from trips here in the 1970’s. First, Steve Busack’s reminiscences from a Smithsonian sponsored expedition … Continue reading Recollections Of The Swan Islands