Brown Anole - Anolis sagrei

Brown Anole

*The colored areas of the map above represent parishes with currently known records for the given species
 (Source: Jeff Boundy, LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries). By no means does it represent the full range of the species in the state, nor does it necessarily mean that a species can be found throughout the parish with the record. This is provided as a guide to where you might be able to find these species in the state and to aid in identification. A descriptive explanation of the range of each species can be found in the text below.

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Subspecies: Because of multiple introductions from Cuba (Anolis sagrei sagrei & perhaps Anolis sagrei greyi) and perhaps the Bahamas (Anolis sagrei ordinatus) the subspecific status of the populations that first entered south Florida and that now occur within Louisiana is unknown.


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Species Range: 

Louisiana Range:  Known from several parishes in southeastern Louisiana, and from metropolitan Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Lake Charles. A recent record from the Monroe area also exists.


Natural History: 

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Global Conservation Status:  Brown Anoles have not been assessed on the IUCN Red List. Their NatureServe Global Conservation Status Rank is G5 (Secure).

Federal Conservation Status:  None

Louisiana Conservation Status:  Exotic Brown Anoles do not have any special status in Louisiana.

Author's Remarks: I found this species to be common in Louisiana back in 2002 on the grounds of the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. In 2010, I observed this species in Lafayette Parish in two locations, both plant nurseries in the city limits of Lafayette. In 2014, I observed three large males in a greenhouse at a plant nursery on the Westbank in Jefferson Parish. In late 2016, my wife found one individual in the Rouses Supermarket in Youngsville (Lafayette Parish). In 2017 we found several in Grand Isle State Park in Jefferson Parish. I have seen them at a site in St. Charles Parish since 2018.

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