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Oriente Knight Anole

Oriente Knight Anole

Oriente Knight Anole Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Anolis smallwoodi
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    Found in the southeastern region of Cuba known as Oriente.

  • Status


  • Habitat

    These reptiles inhabit dry shrublands, flooded grasslands, and mangroves. They are considered arboreal species, meaning they spend all or most of their lives in trees.

  • Niche

    Oriente knight anoles are rarely seen, preferring to hide in dense foliage and forest canopies. The male's dewlap can be used as a defense or courtship display. Defensive displays involve males turning sideways, mouth agape, and extending their dewlap repeatedly. These encounters between anoles usually end without physical conflict. Wild anoles typically eat spiders and insects, such as grubs, moths, and cockroaches.

  • Life History

    Knight anoles breed once a year during the summer. During courtship displays, males nod their head and expand their dewlap.


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