This week’s featured animal is the green anole (Anolis carolinensis). Sometimes, after spending thousands on a magnificent vivarium, then hundreds more on rare and beautiful dart frogs for the vivarium, people are surprised that I recommend they include a pair of green anoles in their vivarium. Because green anoles are common and inexpensive, people tend to discount them. But there is much to love about this cute little lizard native to the southeastern U.S. They are pretty, being a lovely bright green. The males also have a beautiful red throat pouch that they extend when they are showing off to a female or often just because they are feeling great in their perfect vivarium environment. Anoles are very alert and active, jumping around in the vivarium tree all day long. They probably put on the best show for the money of any vivarium inhabitant. They are also easy to care for and generally quite healthy, typically living over five years in the vivarium. So I always encourage clients to include this great little lizard in their vivarium, and everyone has always been happy that they did.