05 March 2009

Lizards are executive transvestites?

I have been meaning to link to this article for a while now.

Apparently Augrabies flat lizards 'pretend' to be female lizards until they have got their skills high enough to fend off a well-endowed, aggro older male.

Excerpt from News24:

They [researchers] found that young male Augrabies flat lizards delayed displaying the extravagant coloration of sexually-mature males until they were able to defend themselves adequately.

Izzard would be pleased, me thinks.