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Reptiles

Lizard social behavior

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Social behavior

  • Lizards communicate through an array of complex visual, acoustic and chemical signals that vary with each species Lizard senses/communication.
  • Iguania and Laterata primarily utilize visual cues, whereas other Squamata primarily use chemical cues. Gekkota and a few lacertid species also use acoustic signals.
  • Communication signals may be associated with territoriality, aggression, courtship, mating, submission, or simply to indicate presence to conspecifics; a single behavior can communicate different information depending upon the circumstances.

Aggression

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Aggregation

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Predator defense

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Gibbons P M & Mohan-Gibbons H (2010) Lizards. In: Behavior of Exotis Pets. Ed: Tynes V V. Wiley-Blackwell. pp 44-56.

Reproduced with permission from Valerie V Tynes: Behavior of Exotic Pets © 2010, published by John Wiley & Sons.


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