The Puerto Rican Crested Anole (Anolis cristatellus cristatellus) @60mm, 1/200, f/2.8, ISO 400
The Puerto Rican crested anole (Anolis cristatellus cristatellus) is the nominate subspecies of the non-crested Anolis cristalleus, see post The Common Lizard (Anolis cristatellus). Some specimens have bigger crests than others. The crested lizard shown here has a slight crest in its tail and dorsal back. Coloration may vary significantly from a brownish-red to a dark black or a very light gray, and colors shift in reaction to temperature and behavioral state. The female is the same size but lacks this crest. It is a native subspecies to Puerto Rico, and has been introduced into eastern Hispaniola, Dominica, and Florida.
It is also a perching species that is common in arboreal habitats. Males especially will use the trunks of trees as a way of displaying to other animals. Because they tend to remain close to the ground, they have been called a trunk-ground species. I'm still amazed this one let me get so close. Usually it's best, if the lizard is larger such as this one, to use a telephoto using the minimal focusing distance, so as to not disturb the reptile. Often, however, I'm having to get close with a 60mm macro, and surprisingly the lizard lets me do this.
The lizard's coloration may vary significantly from a brownish-red to a dark black or a very light gray, and colors shift in reaction to temperature and behavioral state. 1/80, f/7.1, ISO 200, @330mm
|Lizard on top of a Yagrumo tree leaf, which has large, palmate shaped leaves. 1/80, f/8, ISO 160, @400|
|1/60, f/5.6, ISO 400, @60mm|