Other Animal Life of Hawaii - maui-mike


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A female Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis) resting among a dense patch of bromeliads. Ulupalakua, south Maui. Anoles' diets include live insects and other invertebrates, with crickets, spiders, and moths. Anoles have many readily identifiable features. They have dewlaps, made of erectile cartilage, that extend from their neck/throat areas. Their toes are covered with structures that allow them to cling to many different surfaces. Also, their tails have the ability to break off at special segments to escape predators or fights. The tail continues to wriggle strongly for some minutes after detaching. This ability is known as autotomy. Anoles are also diurnal - active during the daytime. Some species of anoles exhibit sexual dimorphism, which allows one to discern between males and females fairly easily with the naked eye. In green anoles, the female is characterized by a pale dorsal stripe extending from the neck to the tail, a generally smaller body, and a smaller head with a shorter snout. Several genera of Anoles are present on Maui.

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