Cuban Knight Anole
Fort Lauderdale FL Dec 2010
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).
found this guy on the ground cos it was so cold out, it must’ve fallen off out of the tree. it clung to Charlie’s hoodie cos he was warm and we brought it home. but shortly after, we found out he has a poisonous mouth so we let him go in our backyard.