All posts by Winter Beckles

About Winter Beckles

Graduate student in the Uy lab at the University of Miami. Using introduced species of Anolis lizards to study the influence of anthropogenic factors on signal divergence and speciation.

Anolis equestris: Miami’s Favorite Cannibal

Anolis equestris with a smaller Anolis equestris in its jaws.

An Anolis equestris captures a smaller A. equestris in South Miami.

Cannibalism in Anolis equestris is nothing new, but that doesn’t make it any less surprising to witness! On a morning stroll in South Miami this past weekend, I noticed a flash of green movement on a tree. Upon closer inspection I realized there was a medium-large A. equestris with a smaller A. equestris wedged between its jaws. I hurried to snap a few photos with my wife’s phone, and while they aren’t Neal Losin-caliber (ha ha), I still wanted to share them with my favorite anole community!

Anolis equestris in tree

Anolis distichus dewlapping at Anolis equestris

Once I got too close, the A. equestris decided it was time to take its meal higher up the tree. An unsuspecting A. distichus saw the approaching A. equestris and began to dewlap enthusiastically. You can see the A. distichus near the top of the last photo. Enjoy!

Bark Anoles Strutting Their Stuff in Miami

In August of last year, my wife and I made the move from Maryland to Florida so that I could begin my graduate work on signal evolution at the University of Miami. All of my research experience to that point had been centered on avian communication, but it wasn’t long after moving to Miami that my attention was drawn to the massive number of anoles displaying throughout my community. I’ll admit, one year ago my interest in anoles did not go beyond thinking that they were just another cool group of reptiles. However, in the six short months since moving to the area, it will come as no surprise to the Anole Annals community that I am hooked on these fascinating lizards.

This post serves as a friendly hello to everyone here at AA, as well as a quick note of gratitude to all who contribute to making this site such a fun and informative place for all things anole. On that note, I thought it was time I share something myself, and so I’ve included a video I recently recorded of two male bark anoles sizing each other up on a tree near my home. Of course, the video clarity seemed much nicer on my phone, but nonetheless, I hope you all enjoy!