Non-Evolution of Lizards in Florida

A small lizard that is sometimes called the American chameleon can be purchased through mail order, at least in the continental United States. Misleading, because it's not a real chameleon, but a relative that has some similar characteristics. They are more properly called anoles.

Research on anoles in Florida is being presented as evidence of evolution. Not at all, it is simply variation being misrepresented as Darwinian evolution.
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An experiment over several years was conducted in Florida with green and brown anoles. After all the crawling, jumping, eating of young, change of dwelling preferences and more were done, researchers claimed victory in evolutionary research: some had bigger toes. You'd think those owlhoots would learn to stop being so desperate as to call every variation "evolution", as if it was proof of slime-to-slacker evolution. The Creator designed organisms with the capacity to adapt, after all.
An island competition between two species of anole lizards—in just 20 generations and a mere 15 years—has, evolutionary scientists report, provoked one of them to evolve wider stickier toe pads, the better to grip high branches. Having observed this rapid phenotypic change, the researchers conclude that “real-time studies of evolution can be used to test classic evolutionary hypothesis directly” despite the barrier of deep time.

They write that, because natural selection can produce such rapid changes, “evolutionary hypotheses about phenomena once thought to transpire on time scales too long for direct observation can be tested in real time while using replicated statistical designs.”
You can read about the study and the unfounded speculations of the researchers by clicking on "Is Rapid Lizard Adaptation a Template for Deep-Time Evolution?"