The Green Anole may be either green or brown depending on environmental conditions. The green anole is the only anole species native to the U.S. When brown, may have faint markings on the back. Males have a pinkish throat fan that is displayed in territorial rivalries or when approaching a potential mate. The green anole is most easily distinguished from the similar brown anole (Anolis sagrei) by green or lightly patterned brown coloration, pinkish throat fan, and by range.
The green anole is a common lizard that is found throughout the southern United States from South Carolina through Texas, but is absent from some areas in the mountains. Anoles are generally arboreal (living in trees) but can be found almost anywhere. Anoles are commonly found in suburban or even urban areas and can often be seen perched on fences and rooftops. Green anoles are generally common in almost all habitats.
Image provided by Clark Drowatzky