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The Knight Anole is the largest anole in the world! It is also very popular among many hobbyists worldwide.

The Knight Anole is a fascinating lizard to watch and is often a favorite among hobbyists of all degrees of experience. In the wild, the Knight Anole is most active in the day and is found almost exclusively in the trees. For this reason, in captivity it is important that their arboreal nature be taken into account. Good climbing areas should be provided with several branches throughout their enclosure, as well as additional plants for shelter. In the wild, the Knight Anole has been observed to eat small mammals, spiders, insects, small birds, tree frogs, and other lizards. Anoles generally eat insects and pinky mice in captivity. The Knight Anole is reported to do quite well on a varied diet that includes insects such as small grasshoppers, crickets, earthworms, wax worms, moths, butterworms and the occasional mealworm, as well as pinky mice. If one is trying to feed a wild caught individual that is a picky eater, it has been reported that feeding a variety of insects, including grasshoppers, including dragonflies, katydids and moths. Occasional feeding of vegetables is also recommended, though their diet is largely carnivorous. The Knight Anole has strong jaw muscles, which while not venomous, can cause a painful bite. In captivity the Knight Anole is known for its hardiness, which may explain some of its popularity in the pet trade. They are not, however, known for being easy to handle, and can in some cases be aggressive. If they are captive bred and hand raised, individuals will generally be less aggressive than wild caught adults. It has been reported that they can be housed together, but that one male will usually become aggressive and need to be seperated. Typically when the dominant male is removed, another will take its place. Some have reported having success keeping one male per group of individuals, but in some cases the male can show aggression to females.

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