Cayman anole becomes cover pin-up for 2018

| 01/12/2017 | 40 Comments

(CNS): You may not have heard of the website Anole Annals, but it’s is a key resource for scientists and fans of Anolis lizards, and the Cayman Islands’ endemic Anolis conspersus, also known as the Cayman blue-throated anole, has become the pin-up for its 2018 calendar. The beautiful image, depicting one several rare species that eventually gained some form of protection through the National Conservation Law, was taken by Dutch wildlife photographer Thijs van den Burg. As the first place winner in the website’s annual competition, it appears on the cover of the calendar.

The unique and beautiful lizard’s protection could be short lived, however, as the current government has begun work to review and possibly repeal the only law ever passed in Cayman that offered any kind of protection to anoles and other native and endemic reptiles in Cayman besides the blue iguanas.

Visit the Anole Annals website and order a calendar here

Cayman News Service

Cayman blue-throated anole (Photo by Thijs van den Burg)

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Crazy sexy salamander!!!

  2. Frosty the Snowman says:

    You could make up a book called A-hole Annals depicting the various kinds of drivers seen on Cayman roads. These people are also proof that evolution sometimes gets it wrong.

    • Anonymous says:

      Nope, this is a perfect example why evolution is right, because the idiots win the Darwin Award, while the better drivers live onto the next day to spread their genes. Of course there will always be a new set of idiots being born everyday and some may live onto the next day, but that is because the cirumsances have changed. You cant separate evolution from the environment that creates the scenarios and beautiful variations.

  3. Anonymous says:

    God is real and he created evolution

    • Anonymous says:


    • Anonymous says:

      Evolutions is real and out of the many gods that have existed over the centuries, your God’s message created by men is the most popular -that is all, survivor of the species on a philosophical level.

    • Unison says:

      True, but as a deist, I don’t think a macro type evolution is behind the array of so many species on the earth.

      The lizard photo with its designs and colors, I find beautifully demonstrates
      it wasn’t by chance or came from nothing ?

      • Anonymous says:

        But Christianity demands a believe in a theistic god not a deistic one. Deism cannot be used either to support intelligent design as they are mutually exclusive once on accepts that species have changed and emerged over time.

        • Unison says:

          I don’t quite understand you ? But as for me, I don’t merely believe in a God, I believe (from rational thought) that there is a God, and as well, this is from personal observations and experiences.

          You don’t have to be religious and comply with everything a church or a book says. Yes, you respect the religious and learn valuable lessons from them. But never forget the primacy of your reason, awareness, and conscience.

          Even your Bible declares this reality perfectly where it has Paul saying,

          “For when Gentiles [Non-Jews] who do not have the Law [of Moses] do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them” (Romans 2: 14,15)

          • Diogenes says:

            “You don’t have to be religious and comply with everything a church or a book says”

            *cites same book as his only reliable source of information further in the comment as a valid source for people*

            Ahhh the sweet smell of stupidity

            • Unison says:

              lol … okay … I’ll take the knock out ?

              Just don’t see how “complying” with everything the book says and “citing” what the book says, as the same thing

    • Anonymous says:

      That convinced me. Did it convince you?

  4. Anonymous says:

    CNS – 1
    Unison -0

  5. Unison says:

    When you observe the genetic details, shapes, and colors of the Anolis lizard, to me, it is a testimony that Natural selection is not just by chance; or else, scientists would have been able to find fossils showing myriads of trail-and-error in nature that fell on the wayside. If Natural selection was by chance (as atheists claim) you would have thousands or millions of misfits until nature got it right!

    Yes … considering the beauty of this particular Anolis lizard, you can not help but surmize that an Intelligent Designer is in control of the Natural selection ?

    CNS: “If Natural selection was by chance (as atheists claim) you would have thousands or millions of misfits until nature got it right!” – which happens to be exactly what happened. 99.9% of all species that have ever lived on earth are now extinct. That’s not thousands or millions but billions of species.

    To learn more about evolution, I would recommend watching an excellent 7-part television series called “Evolution”. Here’s the link to part 1.

    • Unison says:

      To some extent, I am denying evolution. But I don’t see it negates the fact of an Intelligent Designer.

      But thanks, I will look at the link ??

    • Diogenes says:

      CNS I love you,


    • Anonymous says:

      Tragic. The crazies had to give up on “it all happened by magic”, so they tried this “intelligent design” nonsense. “Whoever”designed the human spine when an upright standing creature has a skeleton better suited in parts for walking on all fours was not intelligent. But Unison, do explain what was remotely intelligent about the “design” of the laryngeal nerve of a giraffe.

    • Marl Karx says:

      Always hilarious when fundamentalists and science deniers eat their own words because they are uninformed and uneducated. There is actual proof that we can discern supporting evolution, yet somehow they think we are the ridiculous ones for believing in it. Feel free to believe in whatever religion you choose and feel free to believe in evolution, the two can coexist if you are willing to allow yourself to see past your bible. When you use your religion to attack science don’t expect the more rational among us not to fire back, critical thinking is a two way street and clearly you’re blind to anything but your opinion.

      CNS great job

      • Unison says:

        A Deists – with a respect for religious works,

        Thank you ??

        – – –

        I too believe in Social Justice, but I don’t believe that is the role of a government to bring that about. The same power for good shifts to the bad very easily, because human power in itself corrupts. A people of good conscience in a united effort is a stronger force than any government that has to tax and force others to obey its laws.

        • Anonymous says:

          So the government of these islands shouldn’t have the right to dictate upon all of persons because “Human power in itself corrupts” but religious texts (written, translated and passed down by humans) are completely fine to be the legal and moral standard for everyone, even if everyone is not of that religion?

          If you lived in the Middle East would you submit yourself to the morals of Islam or would you continue to use your christian principles?

          • Unison says:

            Apologies, should have eloborated more on the soundbite ?

            But I don’t know how legalizing “religious text” on people got into the conversation.

      • Anonymous says:

        God made science so eat your rice bible pages. Only until you have nothing else to hold on to, you cry out “God help me” diogenes, cns and “marl karx”

    • Anonymous says:

      Last week a new species of bird evolved. Exactly how much more evidence do you need?

      • Unison says:

        Wow, a week’s evolving process, would have like to see that with the special effects ?

        • Anonymous says:

          One can see evolution operating incredibly quickly, much more quickly than thought until quite recently. Have a look at experiments such as the Lenski experiments with E. Coli or Endler and Reznick’s guppy camouflage experiments. Recently it has been discovered that British blue tits are evolving to have shorter beaks than northern European blue tits as a response to the British habit of putting bird feed out in mesh feeders.

      • Anonymous says:

        Really the concept of a species is a misleading concept since it is only a reference to the temporary state of a group of creatures, given they are all placed on an evolutionary timeline up to the date of extinction of the branch of creatures in question.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Poor female anoles don’t get any love or recognition… Equal rights for female anoles!!

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