Looking for an exotic, easy-to-care-for addition to your collection? Cuban false chameleons (Anolis barbatus) are one of the most unusual-looking lizards in the Caribbean. They are almost alien in appearance and aren’t really chameleons, but are actually anoles. They have a large, bony casque at the rear of the skull, chameleon-like eyes capable of limited independent eye movement, and a row of flexible barbel-like scales under their chin along the edge of their dewlap.
Despite being a large lizard — a little longer than 7 inches snout to vent length (SVL) for males and less than 7 inches for females — most individuals are found on small-diameter perches. Their laterally compressed bodies, short tails (usually shorter than the body), and relatively short limbs are adaptations for moving along narrow twigs.