Eastern Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus collaris) - HM 436092
Observer:
Roberts, Max
Observed:
2023-05-21 10:13:00
Last Modified:
2023-09-18 17:53:34
Country:
United States of America
State:
Colorado
County:
Otero
Age:
Deceased:
Notes:
Courting pair. First observed the male on a large boulder (photos 1-2). Then, after a few minutes of watching, I noticed him display and run over to a nearby rock pile (photos 3-4). Eventually, I noticed a second collared lizard (photo 5), which I first thought was another male since both individuals were seen displaying toward each other (photos 6-7). Then, I the male started rubbing and walking over and around the second lizard, without any biting (photos 8-13). That was when I realized it was a male courting a female. They took a brief pause to watch me and make sure I didn't come any closer (photo 14). Then they continued courting (photos 15-20). The whole encounter lasted around 40 minutes, with the courting part, taking up about 6 minutes total. I did not stay long enough to see them mate, but it was still so cool to witness such an intimate part of the life of the Eastern Collared Lizard.
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