Saturday, June 25, 2016

Night Life

Anoles are diurnal, meaning that for the most part we only see them active during the day. However, when night descends upon the tropics, things don't necessarily die down.

During the night, most anoles find a quiet place to sleep. I snapped this picture of a female Anolis sagrei snoozin' on a blade of grass the other night while prowling for bugs. She quickly moved away once she realized we found her. She needs to be more careful next time!
Snoozin sagrei
Some anoles, however, have found that staying up late can have some perks. This Anolis distichus was hunting around the light next to the pool, probably hunting ants which seem plentiful at night.

Other lizards are specialists of the night, such as these introduced house geckos (Hemidactylus mabouia) which can be seen hunting all over at night for various bugs. This is a pretty big one! Photo courtesy of our undergraduate assistant Josh Jones.

Photo credit: Josh Jones



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