Cuban Knight Anole_5108A by janiskay

Cuban Knight Anole_5108A

The Knight anole (Anolis equestris) is a species of lizard in the Polychrotidae family, and the largest species of anole. Other common names include Cuban knight anole. It grows to a length of 13 to 20 in (33 to 51 cm) including the tail. A few specimens have reached up to 24 in (61 cm).

Knight anoles are native to Cuba, but have been widely introduced into South Florida, where they reproduce and spread readily. They cannot withstand freezing temperatures; in winter freezes in South Florida, they drop semiconscious from tree canopies. In its native Cuba, this large anole is called chipojo.

It is fiercely territorial. Aggressive to anything that enters its territory, the knight anole will face almost any intruder it perceives to be a threat (from a distance). During its display, a lizard will sit high on all fours, gape menacingly, turn green, and perhaps bob its head. The male will extend its dewlap (a reddish-white flap underneath the chin), and both females and males will "puff themselves up" with air.

Its diet as a young anole consists mainly of insects. As an adult, it eats larger prey, such as tarantulas, other anoles, geckos, and even adult birds and mammals.
Great capture, nice colour... fav.
October 5th, 2014  
Wow, super shot Janice! And the accompanying information is so interesting...especially that it eats its own kind. Fav
October 5th, 2014  
@jan20 thank you so much Jim for the wonderful comments and wonderful fav.
October 5th, 2014  
@barbarajdonnellan thank you so much Barbara for your wonderful comments and that marvelous fav.
October 5th, 2014  
Great shot Janice and as always a very informative write up. fav
October 5th, 2014  
Fantastic capture! Such great detail and interesting facts about the lizard!
October 5th, 2014  
Great capture - love your pov, and that scaly skin. Interesting info too.
October 5th, 2014  
Love this little lime green guy!!! Great shot! Fav!!!
October 5th, 2014  
Great capture,wish we had these over here in England
October 5th, 2014  
@terryliv thank you so much terry I appreciate your comments and the fav.
October 5th, 2014  
@redy4et thank you very much Elizabeth. I appreciate your stopping by and commenting.
October 5th, 2014  
@dolphin thanks so much Molly I appreciate all your comments.
October 5th, 2014  
@wannabe yes he's a favorite of mine too. sometimes he can be a little obstinate in that he won't face me or tries to hide behind the tree branch so I can't take this picture. Thanks for the comments and the fav.
October 5th, 2014  
@duncasaurus Be careful what you wish for Duncan.
October 5th, 2014  
Stunning capture :) Fav
October 5th, 2014  
What a handsome beastie. Thanks for the info. It's all new to me.
October 5th, 2014  
They wouldn't have to work hard to scare me away! I'm definitely not into lizards! But this is a great shot!
October 6th, 2014  
Great shot Janice! Wonderful pov.
October 6th, 2014  
WOW! Terrific POV janice! Great to see under one!
October 6th, 2014  
Wonderful detail and pov Janice.
FAV
October 6th, 2014  
Such a wonderful capture! Fav
October 6th, 2014  
I hope you didn't have to climb up there to get this gorgeous shot! First time I see one of these Homo sapiens....Great shot Janice!
October 6th, 2014  
Amazing capture! Fav.
October 6th, 2014  
Wow! Great capture!
October 6th, 2014  
Sam
Fantastic colour! FAV
October 6th, 2014  
Spectacular! FAV
October 6th, 2014  
The photo is really neat. I wouldn't be to happy if I looked up and saw that guy looming over me at least they eat insects a very good thing in Florida.
October 6th, 2014  
Great capture and detail
October 6th, 2014  
Lovely capture with great detail Janice
October 6th, 2014  
@gilbertwood thanks Denise
@ceilidh yes he is quite handsome Margaret
@olivetreeann they are more afraid of you than you are of them Ann.
@mccarth1 thanks so much Kerry
@grammyn yes it's not often you get to see the underside of an animal is it?
October 6th, 2014  
@radiogirl thanks for the comment and the fav Kathy.
@888rachel you so much Rachel.
@skskunky no didn't have to climb up there. This tree is right off the cat walk in front of my apartment.
October 6th, 2014  
@tjchapa @mamamayerle @gigiflower @lindacarol thank you so much everyone for your comments and your favs they most appreciated.
October 6th, 2014  
@nanm Nancy he wasn't looming over me. He was well into the tree and I was standing on my cat walk.
October 6th, 2014  
@flyrobin @thistle thank you so much for the wonderful comments.
October 6th, 2014  
@janiskay No Almost always it is an above the animalshot! Wonderful
October 6th, 2014  
Had to laugh as he looks like he made it half way over and got stuck. Send to Geico! Fun shot.
October 6th, 2014  
@grammyn thank you again Katy!
October 6th, 2014  
@harrishouse I think he is saying "where do I go from here"?
October 6th, 2014  
Brilliant Janice. Fav.
October 6th, 2014  
Lovely shot
October 6th, 2014  
Well captured Janice and what a vibrant green colour
October 6th, 2014  
Fav! fabulous
October 6th, 2014  
@snoopybooboo thanks so much Tony for the comments and the fav
October 6th, 2014  
@ray_milsted thank you Ray.
October 6th, 2014  
@ziggy77 thanks for the fav and the fabulous Jo
October 6th, 2014  
@pjr thank you so much. I really appreciate your comments.
October 6th, 2014  
Great capture and fascinating creature!
October 6th, 2014  
Fav! I ❤️ lizards! I have two crested geckos as pets. Our green anoles are so tiny here in Ga. Nothing like this guy!
October 7th, 2014  
@congaree Thanks Jon I do find them fascinating as well.
October 7th, 2014  
@espyetta we have the small anoles as well they are native, whereas this guy isn't.
October 7th, 2014  
Great shot!
October 7th, 2014  
So...is this guy a regular around your place? I love him! What a neat shot - with his unextended dewlap showing.
October 7th, 2014  
@joansmor thanks Joan!
October 7th, 2014  
@sharleen yes he's a regular around here. I can't always find him but he's around somewhere.
October 7th, 2014  
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