2006 Wildlife Facts - Sharp-Mouthed Lizard

Photo of the Sharp-mouthed Lizard, Lagartijo Jardinero

Sharp-mouthed Lizard, Garden Lizard (Eng.), Lagartijo Jardinero, Lagartijo Ravado (Sp.), Anolis pulchellus, (Sci.), Endemic, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Photo 2006 Father Alejandro Sánchez. Information compiled by Alan Mowbray, Interpretive Media Writer, EYNF/LEF


General Information

With more than 200 known species, Anolis lizards are one of the largest genera of reptiles. Eleven species are known in Puerto Rico.


Anolis pulchellus, the Sharp-mouthed Lizard, is the most common lizard species found in Puerto Rico. It measures approximately 1.3 to 1.6 inches (35 to 43 millimeters) in length from snout to vent. It is typically yellowish-brown in color, with a brown band extending from the rear of the eye to the shoulder, and an off-white line from the tip of the snout along the flanks to the vent. The male exhibits a purple dewlap that merges to crimson near the tip.


The Sharp-mouthed Lizard is a grass lizard. It is never found on trees but may be seen on bushes or plants. At night it usually sleeps on twigs or blades of grass. Pressing its head and body pressed to the perch and hind legs extended to the rear. It can swim by undulating its body and has been seen to stop in the water without any of its body parts penetrating the surface of the water.


Found throughout the islands of Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra and most of the Virgin Islands.

Where to look for this animal in the EYNF

In forested areas adjoining nature trails in the El Yunque National Forest, especially: Big Tree Trail, Baño de Oro Trail and El Portal Trail.

Additional Information

USDA Forest Service
El Yunque National Forest
HC-01 Box 13490
Rio Grande, PR 00745
787 888 1810

List of Mamals by Month

January: Feral Dog February: Zenaida Dove March: Brown Flower Bat
Photo/Link of the Feral Dog, Perro Salvaje
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April: Common Dwarf Gecko May: Red-Legged Thrush June: Sharp-Mouthed Lizard
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Photo/Link of the Red-legged Thrush/Zorzal de Patas Coloradas
Photo/Link of the Sharp-mouthed Lizard, Lagartijo Jardinero
July: Giant Toad August: Tailless Whip-Scorpion September: Common Puerto Rican Brown Tarantula
Photo/Link of the Giant Toad/Sapo Comon
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Photo/Link of the Common Puerto Rican Brown Tarantula, Ara������������������a Pel������������������a
October: Dwarf Coqui November: Puerto Rico Sharp-Shinned Hawk December: Yellow-Nosed Shrimp
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Photo/Link of the Sharp-shinned Hawk, Falc������������������n de Sierra
Photo/Link of the Yellow-nosed Shrimp, Salpiche