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Anolis

Spotted Anole (Anolis punctatus) - San Martin Department, Peru

 

This is the prettiest and largest anole I have encountered in Peru so far. I saw it right around dusk as it was moving around on some vegetation likely looking for a spot to spend the night. All of the anoles I have seen at night have been sleeping on on the ends of branches or leafs that would likely shake if something were to try to reach them, thereby alerting the anole and giving it time to escape. During the day this and most other species rely on their excellent camouflage to keep them concealed from predators, of which they have many. I suspect this is a more common species than my one sighting in months would suggest, a testament to their camouflage as well as arboreal nature.

 

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Taken on July 30, 2016