Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Outdoor Hour Challenge #3: Green Anole
Several times this past weekend the children spotted a young green anole in the bushes in our backyard. Eric was able to catch him, so on Monday we completed our third outdoor hour challenge! Unfortunately, the Handbook of Nature Study did not have much information about lizards and no information about our anole but Eric found a website of information for us.
We learned that the green anole is the only anole native to the U.S. (found in southeastern states) and is also found in Cuba, Jamaica, and other Caribbean islands. Anoles prefer to live in bushes, trees, rock walls, woods, and around houses. (We have TONS of them living around our house!) Their diet consists of grubs, crickets, cockroaches, spiders, moths, and basically any bug that they can fit in their mouths. Some people call them chameleons because they can change color, turning brown when stressed. However, they are not true chameleons.
I wasn't able to get a good pick of our green anole (named "Whiley"), so here is a few I grabbed from the web (Whiley measured about 3 inches if you included his tail, his body was only about 1.5 inches):
Notice the beautiful dulap which the anole will stick out when stressed or showing aggression (you can't even tell it is there otherwise- his neck is completely white until he puffs it out):
Here is Elizabeth's nature journal page (she is so excited to go see the Winnie-the-Pooh movie that she had to add a bit of that too!):
Jonathan made me so happy because he requested we get out our nature journals even before I said anything! Yeah! This is one of my goals of nature journaling- instilling a love for it in the children's hearts & encouraging them to grab their journals when something interesting strikes them. He did a great job:
Matthias' page was simpler this week:
We were able to watch our anole EAT A CRICKET!!! Benjamin illustrated this on his page:
Patricia was in the mood to write:
The Outdoor Hour Challenge is hosted by Barb at the Handbook of Nature Study blog. You can read about our family's other challenges by clicking on one of the labels below. Happy nature journaling!