Acquired: Pet store
Posted Jun 14, 2014
I had an anole for several years in a terrarium with other lizards. While I never had any problems with my anole, I can't say it was a particularly interesting pet or that I ever became attached to it when compared with other reptiles I owned, such as my leopard gecko.
Anoles are relatively simple lizards that are common in the wild and regularly sold in pet stores. They are popular pets for kids, and make good lizards for beginners, as they are inexpensive and easy to care for. They can be timid and skittish, and can move quickly, so a secure cage is needed or they may escape. After some time, they can become conditioned to accept human handling, as mine did, becoming more docile. However, as with most reptiles, excessive unecessary handling can stress them out.
Anoles can generally be housed with other anoles, although males will almost certainly fight. Keeping females together or one male with several females is ideal for groups of anoles housed in a single terrarium. They require a simple warm, humid environment, and a diet of insects. Live crickets work well for this and are usually available at pet stores. Mealworms are generally not recommended, as the anoles have trouble digesting them.
Although they are not bad pets by any means, out of all my reptiles my anole was probably the one I found the least interesting. If you are looking for a good, hardy, long-lived reptile that is docile and easy to care for, other breeds such as leopard geckos may be worth looking into. If you have your heart set on an anole, however, they make fine little pets and are very easy to care for.