Name:Anolis allisoni. Known as the allison’s anole or the blue-headed anole.
Recommended Enclosure Size: A single animal can be kept in a12x12x18. Pairs or trios have been successfully kept and bred in 18x18x24 . A bioactive setup with live plants is strongly recommended for this species; BioBedding is recommended to maintain live plants, springtails, and isopods. Provide plenty of climbing material in the form of cork bark, branches, or bamboo for this arboreal species.
Temperature: Keep anoles between mid seventies to mid eighties. A basking spot of around 90-95F is also recommended. Some may bask at higher temperatures, especially the females during breeding season. Temperature should be monitored with a digital thermometer. Night temperatures should not fall below 65 F. Anoles should also be provided with a 5.0 or similar strength UVB light.
Humidity: Keep anoles in a humid but well-ventilated setup, with humidity between 60-70% .Live plants can be added to help stabilize higher humidity as well as provide humid microclimates. Ambient humidity should be monitored with a digital hygrometer. Mist anoles daily to provide dew on enclosure walls and cage items from which they can drink. A water dish can be provided but is not necessary with regular misting; a water dish will not replace the need to regularly mist the enclosure.
Size: Allison’s females reach about 3 inches from snout-vent and males reach about 4 inches.
Age: Anoles are at least 1 months old when sold by Josh’s Frogs, at which time they are well established. It is estimated that these lizards may live for up to 8-10 years in captivity.
Feeding: Anoles are insectivores in the wild. In captivity, hatchlings and juveniles should be offered ⅛-inch crickets or fruit flies until they are large enough to eat ¼-inch crickets. As adults, offer ¼” crickets or ½” crickets.Waxworms, butterworms, small hornworms, and black fly larvae make excellent treats, but should only be offered occasionally. Feeder insects should be dusted with a calcium and multivitamin supplement.
Sexing: Sexual dimorphism is pronounced with the males reaching a larger size and weight than females. The dewlap is also larger in males and in that of females. Females often have a light colored dorsal line that can appear as a wave, zig zag or diamond pattern, which males usually lack.
Color/Pattern: Allison's anole females have an overall green coloration with a lighter hue underneath, resembling the green anole. Males have a white throat and a reddish-pink dewlap, and typically have bright blue heads, forelegs, and front portion of the body. Both males and females can change their coloration to brown.
Social Behavior: We recommend housing this species solo as adults if the same sex. They can be kept in a pair or in trios for breeding.
Breeding:Anolis typically lay a single egg per clutch approximately every 2 weeks during the breeding season. Eggs are laid under decaying vegetation on the ground and hatch within 60-90 days.
Natural Range: Allison’s anoles are found in Cuba, Honduras, Belize, Islas de la Bahia and parts of Mexico.
History in the Hobby: Due to their large range and adaptiveness they are considered a species of least concern.
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