Mysterious Water Anole | Summary and Q&A

July 12, 2016
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Mysterious Water Anole


Coyote Peterson and his team brave the rugged terrain and rainstorms of the Costa Rican rainforest to find and capture the rare and well-adapted water anole lizard.

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Key Insights

  • 🇨🇷 The rainforests of Costa Rica offer a challenging and rugged terrain, making it difficult to find rare species such as the water anole.
  • 💦 Water anoles have adapted well to their water ecosystem, utilizing their abilities to dive, hide, and emerge when it is safe to do so.
  • 🕵️‍♀️ The male water anole possesses a distinctive and attractive dewlap, which is used to attract females.
  • 👻 The water anole's camouflage allows it to blend seamlessly with its environment, making it difficult to spot.
  • 😣 Despite facing challenges and downpours, Coyote Peterson and his team persevere and successfully capture a male water anole.
  • 💦 The water anole's hydrophobic skin enables it to remain dry even in wet environments.
  • 💦 The water anole's diet primarily consists of water nymphs, which it catches and consumes in its habitat.


  • I'm Coyote Peterson, and today we're on the search for the elusive water anole. I got one right here off this ledge! Oh god! (fast, dramatic music) From a bird's eye view, the rain forests of Costa Rica seem to be nothing but endless treetops. Drop beneath the canopy and you will find that the terrain is incredibly rugged, yet intricately laced w... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: How does the water anole adapt to its water ecosystem?

The water anole waits on the edges of canyons, diving into the water when a predator approaches and finding a crevice to hide. It emerges once the danger is gone and resumes its activities.

Q: What is the purpose of the water anole's dewlap?

The dewlap is used by male water anoles to attract females. Males puff up their chests, extend their dewlaps, and bob up and down to showcase their attractiveness.

Q: How does the water anole camouflage itself in its environment?

The water anole's pattern and colors resemble mosses and lichens, allowing it to blend in seamlessly with the rocks in its habitat.

Q: What does the water anole eat?

The water anole primarily hunts for water nymphs, but it is also capable of catching any small invertebrates it comes across in its environment.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Coyote Peterson and his team venture into the rainforests of Costa Rica to find the water anole, a rare lizard found deep in the heart of the rainforest.

  • After encountering a juvenile water anole, they face a torrential downpour but continue their search, guided by rumors of the lizard's presence near a remote waterfall on the Osa Peninsula.

  • In the dragon's lair near the waterfall, they successfully capture a male water anole, showcasing its unique adaptations and camouflage.

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