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Green Anole Lizard, Maui

Famous Sunbathing Anole Lizard

An Anole lizard sunbathes atop a red ti leaf in Maui, stretching out every inch of his skin to catch the afternoon rays. His extended dewlap below his throat is used to impress females of the species and scare away other males who might block his sun.

The Anole is famous because it is the first lizard to have its entire genome sequenced by scientists. Anole were introduced to the Hawaiian islands, originating from the Southeastern US and Caribbean.