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    Exclamation Just Got My Green Anole Yesterday... It's Brown.

    So, my brother was given another green Anole yesterday.
    I've put a few mealworms in there, refreshed her water, and misted the living space. She has a coconut fiber flooring, a cute little pagoda to crawl on, a plant with large leaves, and santized crawling branches.
    When we brought her home last night she was a very vivid green and she was still green when I went to bed. I woke up this morning and she was dark brown, I figured she might be cold so I turned on the heating lamp but she is still brown and I'm worried that she won't live much longer. Her name is, Naomi. She turned green again when I took her out of her living area and put her in a small, temporary container to clean out her cage. But as soon as I put her back in her cage she turned dark brown again. She is being very lethargic. I took out the mealworms and put a couple of crickets in there but she's not paying them any attention. Does anyone know why she is acting like this??






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    Re: Just Got My Green Anole Yesterday... It's Brown.

    Give her a chance to get acclimated to her new surroundings. You should really just put some food in her cage and leave her alone, except for misting, for a few days. They are very nervous lizards and do not like to be handled. One of the reasons Green Anoles turn brown is because they are stressed out - which would also be the reasoning for not eating and being lethargic.

    I must ask, why did you need to clean the cage if you just got her yesterday? Can you give us a basic run down as to what her setup is like? Temps? Cage size? etc...

    Congrats on the new addition!

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    Re: Just Got My Green Anole Yesterday... It's Brown.

    Yep, give us a rundown on the tank. Saying that she might be cold, tells me you probably don't know what the actual temp is in the tank. Temps are VERY important. So is proper lighting.

    The smaller container also might make her feel more secure, try adding some more plants to the tank, to give her more cover.
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    Re: Just Got My Green Anole Yesterday... It's Brown.

    Far as I know (which when it comes to anoles is not so far at all) they change colour according to their mood/degree of comfort/surroundings.

    What kind of large leaf plant do you have in there? Fake or real?

    I agree, we need to see some pictures. But you don't want to stress her out now at all.

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    Re: Just Got My Green Anole Yesterday... It's Brown.

    I cleaned the cage out because, before her, we had another Green Anole who recently passed and we were given another one.
    As far as the set-up, her cage is fairly small, I'll have to ask my brother how many gallons it is(he's the one who got it). The plant I have in there is live, she rests on it quite a bit. Her humity is up to 80. I think I have to add another light or something on her because I can't get the temperature above 60. I have a 5. basking light and I've been shining a lamp on her cage as well until I can get some other lighting.
    She's a nice green now in her cage. I don't know why but, she begins to turn a bit brown when I turn on the basking light. Is that odd or common?

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    Re: Just Got My Green Anole Yesterday... It's Brown.

    60 is WAAAYYY too low. What type of lights do you have in there? What do you have for a UVB source? 5 meaning 5% UVB? Most UVB lights don't produce heat. She needs heat AND UVB.

    Just put the lamps on a 12 on and 12 off timer. Let her settle in, but first, get the temps and lighting where it needs to be.
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