Anolis sagrei

Over the past few years, brown anoles, pictured, have displaced our once familiar green anoles.

On a rather warm day last week, I spotted a green anole lizard (Anolis carolinensis). This was the first and only occasion of my spotting what once was a familiar sight for many decades.

I had been on the lookout for these distinctive lizards all through the year. Whether forecasts indicate the last two days of December will be on the cool side, so I do not expect to encounter any more green anoles this year since they become inactive during cool weather.

Dr. William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System. Visit his website at


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