Here’s what it’s like Living South… The Fascinating Carolina Anole
If you’ve ever lived in the south eastern coast, then you’re probably familiar with the Carolina anole, also known as the Green anole, chameleon, or American Chameleon. They are a harmless lizard that helps with pest control by consuming cockroaches and spiders. What’s more fascinating than their pest control abilities is that they can change colors and drop their tails to distract predators while they escape. Let’s learn more about these amazing lizards!
A Closer Look at the Carolina Anole
The Carolina anole is a small lizard that can grow up to eight inches long. Its scales are typically brownish-green, but it can change color depending on its environment and mood. This ability to change color is known as “metachrosis” and is not found in all lizards. The Carolina anole also has a unique defense mechanism: when it feels threatened, it can drop its tail which will continue to wiggle for several minutes after it has fallen off – thus distracting potential predators from attacking it further. The tail will eventually grow back, although typically not as long and with cartilage instead of bone.
The Carolina Anole and Kids
Young kids love playing with the Carolina anole by having them latch onto their earlobes and walking around wearing them like jewelry. It’s important to note that this should only be done under adult supervision as there have been cases of skin irritation reported due to contact with the lizard’s saliva. It’s also important to remember that these little critters need food and water regularly so if you plan on keeping one as a pet make sure you have enough time in your day to provide proper care!
The fascinating Carolina Anole is a harmless lizard that helps take care of bugs including cock roaches and spiders while providing endless entertainment for young kids who love chasing them around or having them latch onto their earlobes for fun walks around the house. Not only do these lizards have the ability to change colors, but they also have a unique defense mechanism of dropping their tail which continues to wiggle for several minutes after it has fallen off – thus distracting potential predators from attacking further. Although these lizards are rather low maintenance pets compared to other animals, they still require proper care including food and water regularly so make sure you have enough time in your day before bringing one into your home! If proper precautions are taken when handling these little guys they make great additions to any family!
It’s a good life… Living South!