Acquired: Online breeder / seller,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
New York, United States
Posted Nov 03, 2015
Small, active, and willing to breed in captivity, the brown anole can make a wonderful pet for novices and pros. However, they have specific needs which must be met if they are to thrive – a diminutive stature and low price does not translate into “low maintenance”!
They are stressed by tight quarters…a pair or trio should be provided with at least a “hi style” 20 gallon aquarium, preferably with live plants, and numerous basking sites. The ambient air temperature should range from 82-87 F, with a basking spot of 92-95 F, and UVB exposure is essential. Crickets alone, even if powdered with supplements are not a suitable diet. Small roaches, waxworms, calciworms, butterworms, silkworms and lab-reared houseflies should also be provided. A mixture of papaya baby food, honey and water should be offered weekly. The adults’ food should be sprinkled with a vitamin/mineral supplement 2-5 times per week, depending upon dietary variety. Young animals require supplementation with most meals. Anoles do best with small feedings on a daily or every-other-day basis.
High strung and on the menus of predators ranging from large spiders on up, anoles do not enjoy handling. Best considered a pet to observe…and they will give you much to watch!