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Anolis (Borops) sagrei
Status Very common throughout portions of Katy, unsure about Cypress Texas Notes Similar in size to A. carolinensis but this lizard usually has very distinctive patterning and changes colors from light to dark brown, it never turns green.  This is an aggressive and invasive lizard that is native to the Bahamas and Cuba, which many think entered the United States via landscaping plants.  I first spotted one of these lizards in my backyard in May 2008 and since then the population has grown to over 20 lizards on most warm days, far exceeding the population of A. carolinensis which is typically around 5.  Populations are well established throughout Florida and I have seen them now in multiple spots throughout Houston, Katy, and Kingwood.  The Fort Bend County Record comes from my backyard (Herpetological Review Vol. 41 p. 243 2010). This lizard is much faster on the ground than the native green anole and can be seen scurrying everywhere throughout my neighborhood now when I go jogging.  Some studies have shown this lizard to cause A. carolinensis to retreat higher into trees and become less common and there are published records of cannibilization in this species.  In my own yard I find that the two species seem content with each other and will commonly sleep within a foot of each other on plants.  I have never yet witnessed aggression or a fight between the two species.  I have never seen one of these yet in nature preserves or natural areas only around decorative landscaping (homes, office buildings, apartments).  This lizard can bite in defense but it is not hard enough to break through a humans skin.  This species can also automotize it’s tail which will grow back but not as large as the original tail was.
(Brown Anole)