Caribbean Anoles (Herpetology series) by Ralf Heselhaus, Matthais Schmidt

By Ralf Heselhaus, Matthais Schmidt

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Dorsal coloration gray with beige dorsal stripe. head green; throat fan pale yellow. Anolis grahami. Jamaica. 8 in). Head and body green. base of tail blue. tail turquoise; throat fan yellowish orange. Anolis guazuma. Cuba. 6 in). Throat fan yellow. edged in orange; body length longer than tail. Anolis gundlachi. Puerto Rico. 2 in). Ground color dark olive with three to five black crossbands; tail crest; throat fan orange. Anolis homolechis. Cuba. Isla de la Juventud. 4 in). Ground color brown with white lateral stripe; throat fan white to gray.

Length of males. and a summary of the colors and patterns. Be aware that many of the species have two or more subspecies that may differ considerably in coloration. No one volume yet exists to allow the identification of all Caribbean anoles. but keys to many of the species are presented in Henderson and Schwartz. 1984. " Spec. Publ. Milwaukee Public Mus. Biol. and Geol.. 4: 1-70; and Schwartz and Henderson. 1985. , 165 pages. THE MAJOR SPECIES Anolis acutus. Virgin Islands, St. Croix. 20 cm (8 in).

The humidity should be kept between 60 and gO percent. Pregnant females lay their two eggs about 25 days after copulation, finding a suitable site in the loose substrate. As a rule, the females repeatedly use the same laying site, making the clutch easy to find. The about 5-cm (2-in) young hatch after 35 days and can be reared easily with Drosophila. Calcium and vitamin supplements as well as regular ultraviolet irradiation are essential for the further growth of the young Anolis trinitatis. PHOTO BY RALF HESELHAUS .

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