Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Reptilia
Order Squamata
Family Polychrotidae
Genus Anolis
Species A. carolinensis
Scientific Name Anolis carolinensis

American Green AnoleOther Names

American anole, Red-throated anole, American chameleon, Carolina Anole

American Green Anole Description

  • The American green anole is a medium-sized lizard, with a slender body.
  • Carolina anoles are extremely rare—producing in one of every 20,000 individual anoles in the wild.
  • The anole remains active all year round.

Size & Weight


  • TOTAL LENGTH: (Male) 5–20.3 cm (4.9–8.0 in)
  • WEIGHT: 3–7 g (0.11–0.25 oz)
  • TAIL: 5 cm (1.96 inch)


  • LENGTH: 52–67 mm (2.0–2.6 in)


Moist forests, brushy clearings


Atlantic Coastal Plains in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Gulf Coast in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Hawaii, Ogasawara Islands, San Diego County (southern California)


Crickets, spiders, arthropods, grasshoppers, flies, mealworms, maggots, lizards, grubs


1 – 2 eggs

Breeding Season

April – September

Eggs Size

12.5 mm (0.49 in) × 9.3 mm (0.37 in)

Hatching Period

35 – 49 days

Sexual Maturity

240 days


Broadhead skink, birds, snakes


Territorial, arboreal, diurnal

Conservation Status

Least Concern