Category Archives: Anoles in Commerce

Anole Wrist Watches Now On Sale

 

Crown-giant: A. equestris. Photo by Janson Jones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anole Annals is pleased to introduce the AA Ecomorph Line of Wristwear. These snazzy chronometers will be the hit of any party, and would make an excellent holiday gift for the punctuality-impaired. Our initial  release features four of everyone’s favorite habitat specialists, but negotiations are currently underway to land the two remaining ecomorphs. As for the future, only time will tell, but can some mainland timepiece be far behind? Much less a Chamaeleolis ticker?

These retail at at zazzle.com for the low, low price of $47.95, but if you act quickly, there’s a 20% off sale through October 2–use the code “OCTOBERSAVER” at checkout. Don’t be the last one on your block to not have a lizard on your watch!

Trunk-Crown: Anolis allisoni

Crown-giant: Anolis equestris

Twig: Anolis occultus

Trunk-ground: Anolis marcanoi

 

Anole Window Decal

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Be the first in your town have this on your cruiser.

Be the first in your town have this on your cruiser.

decal2xHow’s this for a nifty anole decal? A gift from AA contributor and photographer extraordinaire Joe Burgess, the window dressing is the handiwork of Floridian Gary Swenk, who has this to say about himself and his unusual trade: “I am a retired law enforcement officer now doing vinyl graphics from home. I attached a catalog that I use and I also can convert pics, images etc. to vector graphics for making the decals. Black and white or pics with good contrast work best (not all pics, images are able to convert but it is easy for me to test them). I have a lot of different colors available. They can be made in many sizes ( 3″ up to 11″ is a good size). I can customize a graphic with names etc., using numerous fonts. Price is based upon size and single colors would run $2 to $5 for the sizes mentioned plus actual shipping cost which would be minimal. My cell is 904-540-3879.” And his emai is customdecals4u@yahoo.com.

Part of Gary Swenk's lizard catalogue.

Part of Gary Swenk’s lizard catalogue.

Anole Nook Farm

Imagine my surprise to stumble onto a farm that specializes on goatsmilk soap named Anole Nook Farm. I contacted the proprietor, Hannah Shumaker, who kindly explained:

“I named my farm/business after counting 27 anoles sunning themselves on the front of my house one morning.  I’ve since moved, and while my current farm is not quite as much of an anole haven as the first, I still see them regularly.  I’m a North Carolina native and have always been fond of the little fellows.  I’m still keeping an eye out for the elusive blue anole.

My business is locally/sustainably grown soaps.  I use the goatsmilk from my farm and locally grown ingredients in my soaps.  Right now that’s sheep or beef tallow, rapeseed oil, honey, and local botanical additives.  Here are links to a little page about my business and my poorly maintained facebook page.

That’s me and my anole connection, in a nutshell.  Anoles are awesome!”

Glitter Anole

Woo-hoo! Check out these anole beauties. And the green one actually has a red dewlap and looks passably like Anolis carolinensis. Google “plush anole” or “glitter anole” and you can have your own–for as little as eight buckaroos.

But there’s a backstory. Over the years, two undergraduates who worked in my lab each gave me a plush anole as a thank you present when they graduated. One day I was talking on the phone and idly picked up one of the stuffed fellows. Still attached to it was the information tag. And as I opened the tag, which contained natural history information, reasonably accurate, on A. carolinensis, I was amazed to see this:

No doubt, you can see one cause of my amazement. That’s no Carolina green anole, but rather its ecomorphic döppelgánger from Hispaniola, A. chlorocyanus. And, moreover, that’s not just any photo of a Hispaniolan green–that’s my photo! And, as you might have guessed, used without permission.

Incensed, I looked to the bottom of the tag for the company that makes the toy, Fiesta Toys. I looked them up online and went to their contact page. I filled in the little box on the page, noting that they had used my intellectual property without my permission. I pushed “send,” figuring I’d never get any response, much less satisfaction. Continue reading Glitter Anole

3P QuickCureClay Demo Video (With More Anole Sculptures!)

In my last post, I discussed my use of a new polymer clay, 3P QuickCureClay, in sculpting anoles.  Several commenters were interested in learning more about this medium and its potential for making models to assess predator marks.

I’ve now created a demonstration video of the clay which displays its unique properties and versatility (plus, newly finished anole sculptures make an appearance!):

 

 

Japanese Anole Toy

Anole Annals correspondent and skink biologist Matt Brandley recently sent me a padded envelope. When I pulled out its contents, above, I was bummed–crushed in transited. But I opened the bag and laid out the pieces.

Not crushed! Just disassembled.

The end result, perched on my computer monitor:

Note the purple dewlap, like some Anolis carolinensis from Hawaii.

Here’s the info from the company. Can anyone translate? There’s a whole zoo of different animals in their product line, but no other anoles.

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Shelby Prindaville’s Anole Artwork

Watercolor drawing by Shelby Prindaville

Shelby Prindaville, Polychrotidae (Heatstack) detail, watercolor and pencil on paper, 30×22″, 2011

My watercolor drawings and figurative sculptures feature a variety of Anolis lizards.  The visually fascinating characteristics of anoles combined with their small size yet reptilian “otherness” (occupying a middle ground between too-easily-anthropomorphized mammals and too-alien fish or invertebrates) make anoles an ideal animal representative for my broader ecological interests.

Watercolor drawing by Shelby Prindaville

Shelby Prindaville, Anolis proboscis (Pair), watercolor, 3P art medium, and pencil on translucent paper, 16×24″, 2012

The drawings and sculptures I create with anoles use their innate character and abilities to explore a purgatorial space. The first drawing in the watercolor series puts anoles in place of rats in the rat king myth made famous in The Nutcracker; the use of anoles allows a way out of the diseased mass through voluntary autotomy and allegorically demonstrates that repairing environments requires sacrifice. Other drawings pull from subjects ranging from the Ouroboros to Terry Pratchett’s allegory of summer.

Watercolor drawing by Shelby Prindaville

Shelby Prindaville, Anolis carolinensis and Mimosa Pudica (Falling), watercolor and pencil on velvet paper, 27×19″, 2012

My desire to sculpt small yet still anatomically accurate anoles has actually led to the development of a new polymer medium: 3P QuickCure Clay.  I collaborate with LSU Chemistry Professor John Pojman and his company 3P, and my suggestion to create a clay and its subsequent development has allowed me to use a batch-curing process that achieves the intricately detailed results below.

Sculpture by Shelby Prindaville

Shelby Prindaville, Polychrotidae (Dive and Climb), 3P Clay, 4x8x2.5″, 2012

To see larger images or more of my artwork, please visit shelbyprindaville.com.

Lacertid Pays The Price For Being Mistaken For A Gecko; Thanks Geico

We’ve previously discussed cases of anoles being mistaken for geckos, as well as the very  negative effects that cats can have on green anoles. Turns out that anoles aren’t the only lizards that serve as gecko doppelgangers. And you might think that people wouldn’t mistake lacertids for anoles, but apparently that happens, too.

Anole Lodging?

As I am preparing for travel to the Lesser Antilles and looking at accommodations, I got to wondering. With all the anole research being conducted in all parts of their range I was curious about “Anole accommodations?” I have only come across two anole friendly places to stay, but there have to be more.
In Dominica there is the Zandoli Inn, which is the local name for anoles. But aside from the name and logo, that’s about it. The Ecolodge in Saba goes a bit further with their Anole cottage, which is completely decked out with Anolis sabanus décor. Of course I had to stay there.
Here is a wall in the room. How many sabanus can you count? Hint, there are more than 20.


If staying here, be careful of your privacy… there were several instances of peeping Tom’s outside my window. I caught this one in the act.

Tommy Bahama Markets An Anole Colored Shirt

Cheap Tommy Bahama Cohen V Neck Tee Shirt (Color: Blue Anole, Size L)

I kid you not. Check it out here. The color is “blue anole.” Just what does that mean? For one thing, it doesn’t look like the blue anoles I know.

Your intrepid reporter contacted Tommy Bahama to get to the bottom of this. To my amazement, they responded in about 3 minutes! Here’s what they said:

“Thank you for contacting Tommy Bahama. A Blue Anole is a type of lizard that is known for its distinctive blue color. Our design team determined that this particular shade of blue for the Cohen V-Neck T-Shirt (#TD2753) was similar enough to the shade of the lizard to be a color choice. Please let us know if we can be of any further assistance regarding this matter.

We appreciate your patronage & continued interest in Tommy Bahama!

Kind Regards,

Tommy Bahama

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The good news, though, is that even though TB sells it for this fine quality T for $48, you can find it for as low as $45 by doing a little googling.

Island Lizards Need Your Help

This isn’t strictly anole-related, but I think many faithful readers of Anole Annals will be interested in this fascinating project:

 UCLA anole biologist and film-maker extraordinarie Neil Losin (whose films about anole research we’ve featured before) is teaming up with University of Miami’s Nathan Dappen, who just earned his Ph.D. studying the Ibiza Wall Lizard, a threatened species that’s only found on the Mediterranean islands of Ibiza and Formentera. They are working on a book: Symbol: Wall Lizards of the Pityusic Archipelago. Both Losin and Dappen are both professional photographers as well as biologists (e.g., here); they want to bring together science and photography in the very first book about these lizards with the goal of captivating the two million tourists that visit these islands every year.

Ibiza Wall Lizards appear in art, sculpture, and even tattoos on people’s bodies, but despite their iconic status, few tourists or locals know much about them, and there’s no place to learn more about this fascinating species. Ibiza Wall Lizards may have the greatest color diversity of any reptile – they range from green, to blue, to orange, to black! The only rival I can think of are Martin Whiting’s flat lizards from South Africa. They’re also play an important ecological role as plant pollinators and seed dispersers, so they’re crucial to the health of this island ecosystem (check out their award-winning short video on these lizards). The Symbol will bring the folklore, biology, and conservation of these lizards to everyone through spectacular photos and easy-to-read text. The book will be available in four languages – Spanish, English, German and Italian – the four most commonly spoken languages of the islands. It will be a perfect souvenir for tourists, and a wonderful gift to the locals.

The Kickstarter page for this project. You can't click on the video here, but go to the site to see it.

Losin and Dappen need your help to get the project off the ground! They are raising money for the book on Kickstarter, a popular crowd-funding platform (for those of you unaware of Kickstarter and similar websites, the idea is that people post projects in need of funding and people donate whatever they want; if the goal is reached in the time period allotted, usually several weeks, credit cards are charged and the project is funded; otherwise, no donations are taken). By donating to this project, you can help make lizards an ambassador for nature on these islands and change the way people think about Ibiza’s reptilian icon forever. Plus, contributors earn cool rewards, like acknowledgement in the book, limited edition photographs, and signed copies of the book itself.

Check out Losin and Dappen’s Kickstarter campaign here. All contributions are secure (billed through Amazon’s payment system) and your credit card won’t be charged unless Losin and Dappen reach their funding goal.

Thanks for taking the time to check out this important project!

 

Anoles on Postage Stamps–Who Knew There Were So Many?

Uwe Bartelt of Germany clearly enjoys the distinction of being the world’s greatest collector of anole postage stamps. Presented below are the highlights of his collection. Who knew there were so many anole stamps? What a wondrous exhibition! Click on each stamp to get a close-up view. More info below.

Uwe says this about his collection: Continue reading Anoles on Postage Stamps–Who Knew There Were So Many?