Norops bipocatus Giant Green Anole
Wiegmann, 1834

Range:  The giant green anole has a distribution ranging from southern Veracruz, Mexico, through southern Campeche, Guatemala, Belize, southward to Panama and into South America.
Habitat:  This is a lowland wet forest dwelling species and inhabits trees and portions of the forest canopy.  Isolated specimens have been found in solitary trees in recently cleared milpas.
Identifying Characteristics:  This is the largest species of anole in Central America.  Females attain a greater size than do males and individuals may reach 90 to 115 mm in SVL and 315 to 360 mm in TL.  In males the pale orange dewlap is large and extends well into the chest with a purplish-lavender spot in the center.  If captured or injured this species will rapidly change colors from a bright green to brown.
Reproduction:  Females typically lay one egg at a time.  However, egg laying may occur throughout a prolonged period of time coinciding with the rainy season.
Additional Comments:  This species is considered to be venomous by many Miskito.  Unfortunately this lizard suffers a similar fate shared by many other reptiles in the region.