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Brown Anole Care Sheet

Scientific Name: Anolis sagrei

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Natural Location: Cuba, Bahamas, Florida
Average Lifespan: 3 Years
Estimated Size: 7" to 8"

Distribution Map

brown anole range map
Captive Care Information

Food & Water

Most of their water will be consumed through their food. They may lick the water off the sides of the tank. You can offer a small amount of water in a bowl, but take caution not to leave the bowl in the tank. The high temperatures, coupled with the water, will raise the humidity.

Mist the enclosure twice a day, as they will drink the mist off the leaves. You can also use a drip system.

Lighting, Temperature & Humidity

Keep the temperature during the day around 82 degrees F to 86 degrees F. At night, the temperature should be kept around 75 degrees F to 80 degrees F. A broad-spectrum heat bulb, and a flourescent bulb should suffice for the Brown Anole.


Brown Anoles do not need much space, although you do not want to cramp them. A simple 2' x 2' x 2' enclosure should work well, using a glass aquarium with screen top, or full-screen. A simple substrate of potting soil or peat moss mixed with play sand works well. You should include real plants in the enclosure for them to climb on, as well as a few branches.


These lizards breed in the late spring to early summer months. They will normally lay 2 eggs per clutch, and many clutches throughout the summer months. Make sure to include leaves or some other vegatation on teh ground, as they will lay the eggs underneath. Allow 60 - 90 days for the eggs to hatch. It is recommended that you remove the babies after they hatch, or before for incubation. In many cases, feeder insects and even the adults will eat the young.

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