The Knight Anole Lizard (Anolis equestris) is a reptile in the Dactyloidae family of lizards. It is also known as the Cuban Giant Anole.
The Knight Anole Lizard is bright green with a yellow stripe on the side of its head and shoulder. It can change colour according to its environment. It has a pinkish-white dewlap (loose skin under its chin). It has a very long tail. It has many sharp teeth. Its feet have five toes with long, sharp claws.
It measures 33-51 centimetres (13-20 inches) long.
The Knight Anole Lizard is native to Cuba. It prefers tropical climates. It is arboreal, living in trees. It travels on the ground only to get from one tree to another, or to gain warmth from rocks in the sunshine.
It is diurnal, active during the day. It eats insects and fruit.
It is oviparous. The female lays 2 eggs, on average, in soil or in a termite mound, which hatch after about 60-90 days.
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