Why Is My Green Anole Not Moving? {5 Possible Reasons}

Are anoles supposed to move around quickly or stay motionless throughout the day? Why is my green anole not moving? Is it because this is a new pet in my home and it isn’t adjusted to this life yet?

Can I do anything to help encourage my green anole to move? So many question and there is just enough time in this article to give you the answers you need to find out about motionless anoles and lizards in general.

Why Is My Green Anole Not Moving?

Your green anole may not be moving for a number of reasons including:

  1. Temperature
  2. Injury or illness
  3. Stress
  4. Shedding
  5. Aging
  • If it’s too chilly in their habitat, anoles could grow drowsy and move more slowly. A green anole that is immobile might be ill or wounded. Look for any physical indications of a sickness or injury, such as swelling, discoloration, or sores.
  • In strange or uncomfortable surroundings, green anoles may experience stress. Make sure their enclosure is correctly constructed and that they have enough cover, perches, and vegetation to feel safe.
  • When anoles shed their skin, it may cause them to become less active. If the skin of your anole appears dull or flaky, it could be getting ready to shed.
  • If your anole is older, this can be a common occurrence. Consult a reptile veterinarian if their lack of movement worries you.

What Does It Mean if a Lizard Is Not Moving?

A lizard that is not moving might indicate a number of various reasons such as:

1. Normal behavior

Some lizards are by nature more sedentary than others and they may remain motionless for extended periods of time. This is particularly valid for lizards who are basking in the sun to control their body temperature.

2. Ectothermic

Lizards are ectothermic, which implies that their environment controls how hot or cold they are. A lizard may not have the energy to move about if it is in a cool area.

3. Injury or illness

Sick or injured lizards may be less active than usual. Other symptoms like anorexia or fatigue may also be present.

4. Defense

When attacked or under stress, lizards may freeze or remain motionless. This is a defensive strategy that enables them to blend in with their environment and evade predators.

How Do You Tell if a Green Anole Is Stressed?

The following are some typical symptoms of stress in green anoles:

  • Color changes from dark to light or vice versa. 
  • Puffing up their bodies to make them look bigger to predators.
  • Tail twitching
  • Lack of appetite
  • Hiding

Altering the environment’s temperature, humidity, lighting, or hiding spots by adding more appropriate plants can ease the stress of an anole in captivity.

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Do Anoles Go Into Hibernation?

No. The cooler months of the year may see some anole species undergo a period of reduced activity, although they do not actually hibernate.

Anoles instead go into brumation, a condition of reduced activity and metabolism. During brumation, anoles may retire to safe regions such as tree cavities, rock crevices, or subterranean burrows to preserve heat and energy.

Anoles may consume less food and become less active at this time, but they do not truly go into torpor like animals who are hibernating do. Instead, they could sometimes come out to sip water or get some sun.

Depending on their local environment, some species may not display any brumation behaviors at all, while others may have various patterns of activity and inactivity.

Why Is My Green Anole Hiding?

Here are some potential explanations for your green anole’s hiding behavior:

1. Temperature

Because green anoles are cold-blooded creatures, their body temperatures are controlled by their surroundings.

They could grow lethargic and look for warmer places to soak up the sun if the temperature in their enclosure is too low. On the other side, if it becomes too hot, they could go for a place to hide and cool down.

2. Lighting

UVB lighting is necessary for green anoles to synthesize vitamin D3, which is vital for their wellbeing. Lack of UVB lighting may cause them to become sluggish and hide more frequently.

3. Stress

Green anoles may experience stress if they sense danger or unease in their surroundings. Numerous things, like excessive handling, a lack of hiding places, or an overcrowded cage, might contribute to this.

4. Illness

Your green anole may be unwell if it is hiding more frequently than normal and not eating. It’s crucial to keep an eye on your pet’s behavior and seek medical advice if you think they could be ill.

Lizard Not Moving but Breathing

It’s likely that the lizard is in shock or unwell if it is not moving but is still breathing when you find it. The following actions can be taken to assist them:

  1. Take some time to watch the lizard to determine if it is displaying any additional signs, such as lethargy, loss of appetite, or any obvious wounds.
  2. Make the environment warm.  If the lizard is chilly, make the environment warm for it. You may accomplish this by putting a hot water bottle or heat light next to the lizard. Make sure the lizard has the capacity to move away from the heat source and that it is not excessively hot.
  3. Don’t disturb the lizard by handling it or moving quickly in its vicinity. Maintain a peaceful and quiet environment for the lizard.
  4. Water should be given if the lizard is awake. You may use a syringe without a needle to give it some water, or you can drip water on its nose.
  5. Consult a veterinarian with experience treating reptiles if the lizard continues to display symptoms or does not recover.

Lizard Not Moving on Wall

As cold-blooded creatures, lizards must spend time in the sun to maintain a comfortable body temperature. If a lizard is laying still on a wall, it can just be taking pleasure in the warmth of the sun.

  • Lizards need to relax even if they are busy during the day. A lizard on a wall may be resting or taking a break from its activity if it is not moving.
  • They must also preserve their energy when hunting. If you spot a lizard on a wall that isn’t moving, it may be waiting for prey to approach and isn’t moving to prevent waking up its target.
  • If a lizard is immobile on a wall and seems sluggish or frail, it may be ill or otherwise hurt. It could require assistance or medical care in this situation.

Why Is My Lizard Always Sleeping?

Being diurnal (active throughout the day), lizards need a day/night schedule, thus it’s crucial to provide them one. In order to do this, the temperature must be lowered at night and the UV lamps must be turned off. During the night, your lizard will likely sleep for 8 to 12 hours.

You should be worried if you notice that your lizard appears to be sleeping a lot. Many of the causes of excessive sleeping, though, are not very concerning.

A new lizard, for instance, could be sleeping more than usual because of worry. When agitated, which is sometimes brought on by the transition to a new habitat, baby lizards will frequently go to sleep. This type of conduct frequently lasts for a few of weeks.

Your lizard’s need for sleep may rise during a growth spurt. Young lizards have a rapid development spurt and may be more likely to rest before it.

Why Is My Green Anole Dragging Its Back Legs?

There might be a number of causes for your green anole’s hind legs to drag. It may have sustained an injury or other trauma that prevented it from using its legs normally.

Another possibility is that it may have a medical condition like metabolic bone disease, which can make the limbs weak and less functional.

It’s also conceivable that the anole is dragging its legs because it is just exhausted or under stress. This can be a factor if you just changed your pet’s habitat or nutrition.


Check for any symptoms of disease or damage and keep a watchful eye on your anole. Make sure the environment is healthy, suited to its requirements,  has the right humidity, lighting, and temperature levels.

It is essential to seek advice from a veterinarian who specializes in reptiles if you have concerns about the health of your anole in order to receive a suitable diagnosis and course of action.

In general, preserving your anole’s wellbeing and happiness requires taking good care of it and giving it a healthy habitat.


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