Masters of Camouflage

Spotting these anoles in the field was one of the harder challenges of the field work in the Bahamas. They can be exceptionally well camouflaged against the right background and unlike Podarcis, they didn’t really do a lot of running until you were really close to them. Here are a few examples:

A.sagrei_OnTree

A.sagrei_RedHeadOnTree

The trick is to search for that body and head shape. Particularly when the lizard is in profile it’s a lot easier to pick out against the background.A.sagrei_RedHeadOnBranch

Of course, some don’t get the memo and perch themselves on bright green leaves:

A.sagrei_OnGreenLeaves

Without that contrast or silhouette to help though, spotting them against a complex background is tough!

A.sagrei_OnBrownLeaves

*alright, I admit this post was somewhat forced just so I could share some of my prettier lizard pictures with you.

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  1. Pingback: More fieldwork on the horizon | Colin Donihue

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