Scientific Name: Anolis carolinensis
Origin: South-Eastern United States
Ease of Care: Beginner
Potential Adult Size: 5 to 8 inches
Life Span: Up to 6 years
Behaviour: Diurnal
Diet: Insects
Handling: Intermediate

Top Tips 

Use a tall Terrarium for this arboreal species who likes to climb. If your Anole refuses to feed, try offering a smaller or larger food item. An Anole will normally refuse its food when it is about to shed, so wait until the Anole has fully shed before offering food. A bad shed is normally a sign of something wrong in the Anole’s environment.


We would recommend that a tall glass terrarium with the minimum enclosure size of 45cm x 45cm x 60cm however the bigger enclosure you can provide the better. 

Equipment needed 

  • Terrarium for housing Arboreal set up
  • Heat Bulb and dome 
  • UV Tube shade dweller 12 hour cycle 
  • Jungle Bio substrate including moss 
  • Clay balls and drain (if bio active) 
  • Water bowl, feeding platform and spray bottle for misting 
  • Plants, decor and hides to individual taste



Green Anoles are diural animals requiring a suitable background temperature with a warmer area towards the top of the enclosure.

Background Temp: 23⁰C to 26⁰C (74⁰F-80⁰F)
HOT Spot: 28⁰C to 32⁰C (82⁰F-90⁰F)
Night-Time Temp: 18⁰C-22⁰C (64⁰F-72⁰F)

Provide a warmer area towards the top of the enclosure, using an overhead heat bulb to offer a heat gradient running this from a dimming thermostat. Dimming thermostats are designed to regulate temperatures using a thermostat probe (also known as a sensor). Correct placement of the probe is critical to avoid overheating and injury to the Green Anole. Insert the probe through the lid of the enclosure and attach directly to a branch or similar in the top quarter of the enclosure, ensuring this area has a
temperature range of 28⁰C to 32⁰C (82⁰F-90⁰F) Maintain night-time temperatures using a Heat Mat running through a Mat Stat if they are
dropping below the recommended temperature range. Alternatively a ceramic can be placed within the enclosure using a day/night thermostat. 
Check temperatures regularly, using a reliable dual thermometer and hygrometer to ensure there are no extreme fluctuations within the enclosure. 


In a captivity use a Pro T5 UVB Shade Dweller, ensure that it is fitted correctly and securely overhead to avoid any injury to the Anole. 

Diet & Water

Green Anole’s are insectivores, therefore offering a wide variety of insects is key. Feed the Green Anole during the day when it is most active. Always provide a source of fresh water, ideally in a shallow Plastic Water-Bowl. This is a species that also tends to drink the water droplets from any misting sessions done within the enclosure. Misting with a spray bottle will help maintain the species needed humidity of around 70%. Alternatively use an elevated feeding ledge and fill one of the feeding ledge cups with fresh water, daily.


Green Anole need additional supplementation in the form of a calcium and multi-vitamin powder, ensure you follow each brands instructions on the pack.

Additional Information

The species will tolerate handling; caution is advised due to their fast nature. Green Anoles will shed their skin every so often, depending on how big they are and how quickly they are growing. As a rule, a young Anole will shed every 3 to 6 weeks, and an older Anole every 2 to 4 months. The best way to tell that your Green Anole is going to shed its skin is to look at its general colour – the Green Anole will appear duller than normal and may have a washed out look. This will become more obvious as the Green Anole nears shedding its skin. Normal colouration will return once the Green Anole has shed its skin.

Health & Hygiene

We would recommend that on a daily basis that you change old water for fresh water, spot clean any mess you may see within the enclosure depending if it is bio active or not. Check the vents on the enclosure are not blocked and allow air to pass through freely. Once a week we would advice that you disinfect the water bowl or dish, agitate the substrate to prevent any bacterial build-up and remove any dirty bedding. Wipe down the glass and walls with a reptile safe disinfectant. On a monthly basis we would recommend a full clean or half clean removing and refreshing the substrate and disinfect all the decor.