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A couple of days ago, I did a post on the anole lizard (in love with the dead, dirty plastic bird). Anyway, the cute, loveable little green guys have another side! The males of the species turn into fierce warriors and battle each other for gold territory (usually a fence post), and to win the girls!
Your photostudy tonight is of 2 warrior anoles in my garden. In the old days, I would have said: "Come, take a stroll with me in the garden". Nowadays, I say: "Scroll on down through my garden post page"!
So, Scroll On!
This anole is brown changing to green. I snapped the photo to show how they look when molting. As they grow, a new skin grows under the old one. As the outer skin gets too tight, it peels off. This guy is shedding his skin.
Sneaking up in the background is the challenger, who also wants this post.
Okay, I am zeroed in on the action behind my fence! The shedder has turned green. Bloody mouth begins his approach.
Here is shedder back in his corner for a breather. He has been under fierce attack from bloody mouth.
Here bloody mouth has reached the top lamp post. You can see the hump on his back which appears in the fight mode. His lip seems to be bloodier, so he is taking some tough hits also.
bloody mouth comes down the pole closing in for the kill. (Top Attack Look).
Well it appears that shedder is ready for the battle and charges!
Shedder laughs as baby bloody mouth runs away screaming for his mama!
Shedder proudly climbs to the top of his throne. He is King of the garden Anoles-fittest of the fit! Not only does he win the post, but also he gets first pick of the girls. His strength will be passed on to his babies! The loser may not even find a mate. Eventually, the weakness in his line will die out.
The flowers and the anoles love the Hot Texas Sun. I see them everyday in the summer until first frost. They are strong-living and growing. Very Happy to be here. Now if You took these flowers and anoles to a different garden location up North, they would likely die off very soon. It turns out, that environment is more important to survival than fitness or strength in regard to humans. If it gets too Hot, we will die off or too cold, same thing. It will not matter how fit or strong we are.
The human species will not survive sustained temperature extreme changes.
Here are 2 more warriors in the front yard. Showing the mouth is important in the battle.
You can see the hump on the backs. These 2 have black behind the eyes. One is greener than the other. (probably younger).
The greener one is the challenger. He is climbing up the post already claimed by the other one.
More time seems to be spent talking about the battle, than the actual battle.
The stare down seems to be very important-waiting and watching
The display of fierceness and last warning to retreat.
He says: Come on with your bad self!
As the top one bites down, the greener one pulls him down from the top and holds him off the post.
The greener one holds on and shakes the dangling one off to the ground. The post now belongs to Greenie-The lean, mean, green fighting machine!
These videos are very short, but very funny!! Survival of the Fittest Caveman!
The people who made this next video are very creative! Too funny! Too real.
What is the meaning of "Survival of the Fittest"? (short version)
Darwin, aged 45 in 1854, by then working towards publication ofOn the Origin of Species
|Born||Charles Robert Darwin|
12 February 1809
The Mount, Shrewsbury,Shropshire, United Kingdom
|Died||19 April 1882 (aged 73)|
Down House, Downe, Kent, United Kingdom
|Institutions||Geological Society of London|
|Alma mater||(tertiary education):|
University of Edinburgh(medicine)
University of Cambridge(ordinary Bachelor of Arts)
|Academic advisors||John Stevens Henslow|
|Known for||The Voyage of the Beagle|
On the Origin of Species
|Influences||Alexander von Humboldt|
|Influenced||Joseph Dalton Hooker|
Thomas Henry Huxley
Sir John Lubbock
|Notable awards||Royal Medal (1853)|
Wollaston Medal (1859)
Copley Medal (1864)
|Spouse||Emma Darwin (1839-1896)|
Of course, one more thought provoking Performance! Just Push Play
...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next time!
The Legacy of Charles Darwin
Bonus! Just Push Play (Brett, 4U!)