Anole (Anolis gingivinus)

The larger of two species of anole on St. Martin, this species is more common in lowlands and around habitations, and is typically seen on trees. As can be seen from the photos below, coloration is quite variable. A white or light stripe on the side is almost always present. Males tend to be darker than females and have a bright orange dewlap (the throat flap that is extended by males during courtship). Males can reach a size of over 7 cm, excluding tail.

Anolis gingivinus is also present on nearby Anguilla, and is the only native anole on that island.


Specimens from the Summit of Pic Paradis

Males Fighting for Territory