occur throughout the warmer regions of North and South America and are
abundant in the West Indies. Anoles attain 5 to 18 inches in length
and can change colour from brown or yellow to several shades of green.
The male often has a large red or yellow expansible dewlap (fold of
skin in the neck region).
familiar green anole, commonly but
erroneously called chameleon, is native to the southern United States
and islands in the Caribbean; it is the false “chameleon”
sold in pet shops. Its colour varies at times from green to brown or
mottled, but its colour-changing ability is poor compared to that of
the true chameleons of the Old World.