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A single Bahaman Anole should be kept in an aquarium of at least 10 gallons. One male and two females could be housed nicely in a 20 gallon terrarium. There should be several plants, either live or artificial, and several hiding places within the aquarium. Males should not be kept together. If they must be in the same enclosure, they must be introduced at the same time so they can choose their territories early and they enclosure needs to be very spacious with lots of hiding places and visual barriers. Rocks and branches should also be provided for climbing. Anoles should have full spectrum UV light exposure for about 13 hours a day.

Common food for captive Anoles is crickets. Many Anoles also enjoy flightless fruit flies. Some Anoles in captivity will eat bits of fruits and vegetables. It is recommended that the foods be dusted with a vitamin supplement. Most Anoles will not drink standing water, so the walls and leaves in the aquarium should be misted daily. In this droplet form, the Anoles recognize the water and will lick it up drop by drop.

In the wild, Bahaman Anoles breed in the spring months. To breed them in captivity, it is necessary to simulate winter and than spring so the lizards will breed. Beginning in November, decrease the temperature in their living environment to around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. At this time, the daily misting of the aquarium should continue, but feeding should be greatly decreased or stopped entirely. The following week, the temperature in the enclosure should be lowered further, to around 55 or 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The aquarium should only be lit for about eight hours per day, and it should be misted about once per week. Continue these conditions for around two months before raising the temperature and resuming the regular feeding and watering schedule. When this happens, the lizards will think it's spring. For several weeks, the males will court the females. Place a small plastic container with moist mulch or peat in the aquarium for the female to lay eggs in. After the eggs have been laid, they should be removed from the tank. Females will usually lay two clutches of eggs. The eggs should be incubated at between 83 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit in moist medium. When the babies hatch, they should be given their own living environment separate from that of the adults. The cage should be misted at least twice a day and they can be fed very small crickets and flightless fruit flies.

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