A perfect green anole terrarium


The Green Anole in a tree.

Green Anoles are a color-changing iguanid lizard. They are very common in the pet trade and are a great starter pet. They are readily available pretty much anywhere because of their popularity. They are from North Carolina but have adapted to a hotter, more tropical climate and now exist in Florida, Hawaii and other tropical locations in North America.



Green Anoles originate from North Carolina but have spread to Florida and other tropical places in North America. They live in tropical and woodland enviroments and will do well in both of those set-ups. They are arboreal and need a tall enclosure with lots of sticks and climbing apparatus. They work best in Vivariums and screen enclosures. They work well with live plants, mainly pothos or philodendrons. A 10 gallon vivarium can house up to 2 green anoles, either 2 females or a male and female. A 20 gallon tank can house more, but again, make sure there there are more females than males. Provide a medium-sized light fixture for basking and heat.

Food and WaterEdit

Green Anoles are insectivores and will mainly eat crickets and mealworms. Be sure to gut-load (feed carrots, lettuce, etc.) and sprinkle a calcium dust on them before giving them to your anole. Be sure to get very small crickets, or your anole may refuse them. Some anoles will readily eat larger crickets, but they must chew them very thoroughly. Very rarely feed mealworms, as their shell can be hard to digest. You can also give them a small amount of fruit baby food with a light dusting on a container lid. Spray medium amounts of water on small plants and walls, and they will happily lap it up. Sometimes a dish can help add humidity.


Although anoles are much better for observing rather than handling, they can be coaxed to sit on the owners hand in exchange for a treat. They will also climb around on the owners arm. These are much better options than grabbing them. If anoles need to be transported, grasp them firmly but gently. Keep in mind that anoles are fast and are quick to leap and jump around. In addition, you can shepherd anoles into a glass jar when cleaning their vivarium.


Once males and females are established in a terrarium, they will be quick to breed. Around two weeks after mating, one or two eggs will be laid. Provide a warm and damp compost like soil for the female to lay her eggs in. She will push them down with her nose. This area should be around the roots of climbing plants (e.g., phildendron). It is best to carefully move the eggs to an incubator, or the anoles might eat the hatchlings when they appear. When the small babies are born, they will need tiny micro-crickets (pin-heads) or fruit flies, preferably wingless. Females are smaller and have a white stripe down their backs. Males will be larger and have a red throat-fan (dewlap).