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    Catching Anoles?

    Ok this is not an emergency but how do you actually catch an anole that does not want to be caught? Every time we clean Lizzy's cage she goes supersonic. She's the fastest thing on the planet. Usually we end up tricking her but she's learning our tricks. It's getting to be a real chore catching her to clean her cage. That and I really don't want to stress her out any more than I have too.
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    I haven't got a clue, but you could get a small boy to do it, as they seem to be able to catch them in the wild with no trouble at all

    Just kidding, but I imagine I'd have a hard time catching one no matter where they are, but my son always seemed to be able to get them outside
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    I have had the most success with clearing most of the stuff in her cage out and then placing a small critter keeper in with the lid open. Then with a spray bottle I sort of herd her into the box. Once she's in just close the lid carefully and you have one trapped anole. The problem is that she's learning this trick and getting harder and harder to convince that it is a good idea to go in peacefully.
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    is it possible to section the cage, clean the 1/2 she's not in, then move her to the clean side and clean the other ?? just a thought.
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    I'm afraid it's not that big a cage. She's also on repti-carpet so the whole piece has to come out. I can get by leaving it every other week and just do the silk plants and log. Her waterfall has to come out and be sterilized each week no exceptions. Waterfalls are such a pain! But they are easier than catching Lizzy!
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    Possibly include a small cardboard/plastic tube or box as a part of the lizard's normal decor. Then when you go to clean, just herd the lizard into the tube, cover the ends and lift it out of the tank.
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    I have three anoles in one tank, all are little smart little speed demons. With squirt bottle in hand, and often a second set of eyes to watch them, I squirt them down from the top so I can open the lid. Then I carefully remove all the vines and foliage, making sure I have no hitchhikers (includes leftover crickets, though the dogs usually find any that do escape...). Then I use small plastic deli type containers (suppose a small critter keeper would work too, but these fit through the lid opening wihtout me having to remove the entire screen lid....). I use the lid of the deli container and the container itselft to corner an anole, then herd it inside, carefully pop the lid on and remove from tank. I have a couple of these. Then while I'm cleaning, they can each just chilll in their little container. Putting them back, I just place the containers at the bottom of tank, open lids and give them time to get out, then go back in later and remove the containers.
    Its not a totally stress-free method, for me or the anoles, but it works, no one has lost a tail yet, and my dogs and cats haven't had any exotic snacks..............

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    The paper towel tube works well, since they are looking for a place to hide from us anyway!!
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