RE: [anole] Anolis stratulus
- Saludos Padre,Que buena suerte para usted en ver esto, y pobre del anolis. Llegó a tomar fotos del evento?
Luis J. Villanueva-Rivera, B.S.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Graduate Student in Tropical Ecology
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus
Member of the Society for the Study of
Amphibians and Reptiles and the Society
for Conservation Biology.
Volunteer of the Caribbean Stranding Network-----Original Message-----
From: Father Alejandro J. Sanchez Munoz [mailto:ajtgsm@...]
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2002 3:10 PM
Subject: [anole] Anolis stratulusIt's not every day that one sees something amusing happen to a wild anole.This morning, with a kick of a foot, I smashed open a ant-hill of fire ants (Solenopsis sp.) located at the foot of a tree. Of course, immediately thousands of furious ants were swarming all about looking for something to kill.Although by far most were workers and soldiers, there was a good number of winged adults, that look like the reproductive adults of Nasutitermes termites (harmless, but also winged) which many anoles relish.A male Anolis stratulus, obviously confused by the similarity, came down the tree trunk in a rush and jumped squarely into the raging swarm.Man, did he get a nasty surprise. I a second, several angry insects had attached themselves to the lizard, by biting on its toes and tail, and began to sting. I've never seen an anole change its mind so quickly about anything.It ran up the trunk again, biting off the ants wherever he could reach, and spitting them just as quickly, since surely the ants stung it in its mouth, as well.Anolis stratulus is a ant-eating specialist, but from today I'm certain that fire ants are not in its diet.Father Sánchez
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- Saludos, Dr. Villanueva:>Que buena suerte para usted en ver esto, y pobre del anolis. Llegó a tomar fotos del evento?Lamentablemente no. El incidente total duró como 20 segundos, y no andaba con mi cámara en ese momento.Aunque todavía fue muy cómico :-)Padre Alejandro