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Brown Anoles In Mating Posture

Two brown anoles, Anolis sagrei (also known as the Cuban anole) in a mating posture characteristic of many lizards. Females move to where males can see them when they are ready to breed. They signal males to approach by cocking their neck so the males can grab on with their mouths. This is usually a short encounter (1-2 minutes) when the male makes the final decision to copulate with her or not. When copulation does occur, it usually lasts between 30 and 60 minutes (Kaplan, 2003).

Photo by Mayte Parada