Green anole shedding

A Carolina green anole shedding in Hawaii
A Carolina green anole shedding in Hawaii

I noticed something on the cane grass, with a strange shape and some kind of long beak. I wondered if it was a new bird, but then saw it bobbing its head up and down and puffing out the dewlap at its neck. It was a green anole and it was shedding. The ‘beak’ was a chunk of old skin sticking out.

By the time I got my camera, the ‘beak’ was gone, but there were still areas around the head to be dislodged. Sometimes it can take quite a while to remove the last bits and pieces. This anole moved on to complete the job in a bit more privacy.

9 thoughts on “Green anole shedding

    1. Graham Post author

      I guess reptiles continue to grow through their lives but their skin doesn’t grow with them so they have to shed the old skin. How often they do so varies. Some shed as often as once a month, others once a year. I think the geckos and anoles around here fall into the annual category.

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