Anolis sagrei Plays Dead

In q previous post, Hispanioland showed us a picture of the fake dead behavior by Anolis distichus. This year I breed my pair of Anolis sagrei and I have several offspring.

I can see that this behavior is rather common among the offspring, and I partially filmed it in the following video. I didn’t see the same behavior in my other anoles species. Maybe only for trunk-ground species?

In which species have you seen this behavior ?

In this case, the offspring begins to stiffen, twists and falls to the ground. Then, he opens his mouth and stops breathing. The limbs are tense as a dead person. When the young are put back to safety (some seconds later), the individual “awakes.”



About Ludovic Deutsch

French anole enthusiast Keep/kept : Anolis carolinensis, Anolis coelestinus, Anolis cooki, Anolis porcatus, Anolis oculatus winstoni, Anolis sagrei, Anolis valencienni, Anolis vermiculatus.

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