Florida's Nonnative Wildlife. Species detail.
First year: 1980s
Established status: Populations
are confirmed breeding and apparently self-sustaining for 10 or
more consecutive years.
Estimated Florida range: 1
county At least 10 years
Statewide trend: Unknown
Photograph by Kevin M. Enge © 2003
Threats to natives: May compete
with the green anole (Anolis carolinensis) (Meshaka et al.
Species Account: The Cuban green
anole uses the trunk and canopy of trees from 1-6 m above the
ground. A colony in North Miami was established around 1991, but a
colony in South Miami is about 4 years older (Meshaka et al. 1997).
It primarily preys upon small insects, but nectar, flowers, fruit,
and smaller lizards are also eaten (Meshaka et al. 1997, Townsend
2003). Its broad diet, familiarity with sympatric exotic anole
species, and persistent colonies suggest that this species will
succeed in other parts of extreme southern Florida, but it may be
limited by the ubiquity of the abundant, predatory knight anole
(Anolis equestris). (Meshaka et al. 1997)
Habitats: Low density suburban
development, areas peripheral to core urban areas, and small
|At least 10 years
||North Miami (Meshaka et al. 1997)
Meshaka, W. E., Jr., R. M. Clouse, B. P.
Butterfield, and J. B. Hauge. 1997. The Cuban green anole, Anolis
porcatus: a new anole established in Florida. Herpetological Review
Townsend, J. H. 2003. Anolis porcatus (Cuban green
anole). Nectivory. Herpetological Review 34:141-142.