image catesbyrs vol261
Image number: RS.18809
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Green anole




Mark Catesby (1683-1749, British), Naturalist

Object type

Library reference





Content object

   > animal
      > lizard


Zoological study of a green anole, Anolis carolinensis, referred to here as lacertus viridis carolinenesis, shown climbing up a branch of an American sweetgum Liquidambar styraciflua tree.

Signed and inscribed below: 'Lacertus Stirax aceris folis.'

Written in the associated description: 'These Lizards change their Colour in some Measure, like the Camelien, for in a hot Day their Colour has been a bright Green, the next day changing Cold, the same Lizard appears brown.'

Plate 65 from volume II of Mark Catesby’s The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands (London, 1731).

Mark Catesby (1683-1749), British naturalist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1733. Travelling under the auspices of the Royal Society, Catesby recorded the earliest western scientific descriptions of the flora and fauna of the ‘New World’. He was the first naturalist to use folio-sized colour plates in a natural history book, and etched the copper plates himself before hand-colouring each individual print with watercolours.

Associated place

<The World>
   > North America
      > United States
<The World>
   > North America
      > Bahamas