Knight anole

In Manatee Springs at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Large adhesive toe pads enable the anole to climb smooth vertical surfaces, a helpful adaptation for an animal that lives in the tops of trees. Knight anoles (Anolis equestris) are native to Cuba and have been introduced to Florida.


  • Where to see them: Cuba and Southern Florida
  • Length: 1 to 1.7 ft
  • Lifespan: 10 yrs in wild
  • Habitat: Forest
  • Diet: Insects and smaller lizards
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