Outcome of Male Encounters

Three Male Morphs


Intruding Orange vs Orange: “Raging Bull does the Ole maneuver.”

Oranges battling in the wild. The “resident” begins on the high ground, and the “intruding orange male” in the video is below. The encounter leads to a stalemate with no attack. The defending orange eventually backs down. This is typical for oranges which are evenly matched in stamina. In this case, the defender is quite clumsy and falls of the edge of the rock. Not all oranges are suave and acrobatic.

Intruding Orange vs Blue: “I Am So BAAAD: Really, I Am”

When you put an Orange on a Blue Males Turf, the Blue is intimidated by just the color. Orange is a “badge of status” the signifies to the blue that the lizard is pretty tough in battle. Thus, Blues take a long time to work up the “courage” to come in a pick a fight. This male bobbed for nearly 10 minutes before finally coming in to pick a fight. The slow action of Blues is in stark contrast to the rapid fire attacks of oranges against blues, or oranges against orange.

Intruding Orange vs Yellow Male: “Are You Blind?”

When an orange male meets up with a yellow, not a lot happens. In this case, we have reason to believe that the yellow has successfully pacified the orange in previous encounters. For example, the day before, the yellow male used in this intrusion was seen all over the orange male’s territory. Not all dominant males are so laisez faire about the presence of sneaky yellows, blue males are chasing off yellowsa ll the time. In fact, this same sneaker was repulsed by a blue. Even more curious, this same orange male gets really tweaked when an intruding blue is on his turf. Either the orange male is somewhat blind and can’t recognize the yellow male in front of him as a male, or perhaps the yellow has soothed the savage beast known as orange. Perhaps the yellow used the female rejection display in an earlier encounter (see staged laboratory trial below), or the look of the yellow male, which resembles a female in throat and dorsal colors, may be all that it takes to convince an orange that it is a “female”. Whatever is the case, it is darn effective. The Yellow will remain motionless, but when they have to, they can make like greased lightening as does this yellow when the orange comes too close.

Intruding Blue vs Orange: “Mutant Ninja Lizards.”

Slow Motion Movie (1/4 time). The orange male launches an attack against an “intruding blue male”. Oranges are very quick to attack and in this case, a challenge display did not preceed the attack, a single bob was the only warning that the hapless blue received. This is typical behavior for oranges which attack intruding blue males with little or no provocation. Such preemptive attacks are usually won by the orange owing their higher stamina. Note the back flip and beautiful 4 point landing by the orange after the first clash!

Intruding Blue Challenges Blue: “My Dear Enemy”

When a blue meets a known blue, it usually involves a long drawn out series of bobs by each blue male. The males are carefully assessing the others fighting ability. It is very different than the blue invading orange or the orange invading orange where both oranges launch into an attack with little preliminaries. There is a skirmish near the end of this movie as the males tumble into the rocks.

Vigilant Blue detects a Yellow: “Rooting a sneaker.”

When a blue spots a yellow, it usually involves bobs by the blue and no signalling by the yellow. Somehow the blue recognizes the yellow and will attack if the yellow is on the blue male’s territory. In this case, the blue roots out the sneaker, which is hidden deep in the grass. There is a skirmish (with sloMo replay at 1/4 time), the blue bobs victoriously, the yellow slinks into a crack and lives to sneak another day. Though the Yellow sneakers are continually being run off by Blues, the Yellows are also quite wary and always on the look out for the dominant Blue. No doubt because the dominant Blue can beat the snot out of them. See another Yellow vs Blue sequence in which the sneaker gets away clean, and the blue comes up empty.

Intruding Yellow vs Orange: “There’s no action.”

The most intriguing display that males make, which is restricted to yellow-throated males, is an imitation of the female rejection display. This rejection display is characteristic of post-receptive females and consists of a series of rapid head vibrations which are so fast that I used 1/2 times Slow Motion to capture it for you. The male then extends his yellow throat, assumes a humped back, and comes in and nips the dominant male on the tail. The parallel between the yellow male pictured here and an actual rejection by a bonafide female below is extraordinary. Note how the rapid buzz of the head is very distinct from the usual male head bob which is displayed by the male who was bitten. Near the end of the video, the “rejected” male gives the usual pushup pattern consisting of a small up, down, up, down, followed by a large UP, DOWN that is typical for males.

Intruding Yellow vs Blue: “I’m Outa Here”

Yellows are always watchful for the patrolling blues. Here the Yellow sneaker spots the Blue and slips into the rocks. The Blue, comes up to the rocks, and sits there for about 1 minute (edited out of the clip), waiting for the intruder to show his face. When there is no action, the Blue slips in after the Yellow, but comes up empty as the Yellow jammed out the back door entrance.

Yellow vs Yellow: “Get the Signals Straight”

Yellow males are not always running away or pretending to be a female. When Yellows are in the tub with other Yellows, they do get their dander up. This encounter, first entails some head buzzing before the males get down and show their stuff with bonafide male to male pushups.