Anolis garmani

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Anolis garmani, the Jamaican giant anole, also known as the Jamaican crested anole, is a species of anole, a lizard in the family Dactyloidae. The species is endemic to Jamaica, but has been introduced to Florida.

Jamaican giant anole
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At Strawberry Hill, Jamaica
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Iguania
Family: Dactyloidae
Genus: Anolis
A. garmani
Binomial name
Anolis garmani
Juvenile in Jamaica


The specific name, garmani, is in honor of American herpetologist Samuel Garman.[2]

Geographic rangeEdit

The Jamaican giant anole is native to Jamaica. It has been introduced into Florida. There are recent records from Grand Cayman, but it is unclear if it has become established there.[3]


The Jamaican giant anole is by far the largest species in the Norops group, with adult males having a snout–vent length (SVL) of 10–13.1 cm (3.9–5.2 in) and females 8–8.4 cm (3.1–3.3 in).[4] Adults are generally 15–27 cm (5.9–10.6 in) in total length, including tail,[5] with a maximum reported total length of 30.5 cm (12 in).[6] Although generally green, it turns dark brown during the night.[6] The male has an orange-centered yellow dewlap, which is small and dusky in the female.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Anolis garmani ". The Reptile Database.
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Anolis garmani, p. 98).
  3. ^ Lever, Christopher (2003). Naturalized Reptiles and Amphibians of the World. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. 344 pp. ISBN 0 19 850771 2. (Anolis garmani, p. 47).
  4. ^ Nicholson, Kristen A.; Crother, Brian I.; Guyer, Craig; Savage, Jay M. (10 September 2012). "It is time for a new classification of anoles (Squamata: Dactyloidae)". Zootaxa. 3477: 1–108.
  5. ^ a b Conant, Roger; Collins, Joseph T. (1998). A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America (3 ed.). pp. 212–213. ISBN 978-0395904527.
  6. ^ a b Badger DP (2006). Reptiles. p. 100. ISBN 978-0-7603-2579-7.

Further readingEdit

  • Schwartz A, Thomas R (1975). A Check-list of West Indian Amphibians and Reptiles. Carnegie Museum of Natural History Special Publication No. 1. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Carnegie Museum of Natural History. 216 pp. (Anolis garmani, p. 83).
  • Stejneger L (1899). "A New Name for the Great Crested Anolis of Jamaica". American Naturalist 33: 601-602. (Anolis garmani, new name, p. 602).