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Knight anole

By MSA 2005 Map showing tropical and subtropical forests habitats in Cuba and Florida, U.S.


Taxonomy:

Class Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Iguanidae
Genus and species: Anolis equestris
In territorial battles, male knight anoles perform defensive displays—they rise on all fours, extend and retract their pink throat fans, nod, and turn brighter green. If neither one backs down, the rivals may lock jaws or bite each other’s limbs.


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