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Posted by jmorris on April 17, 2003 at 08:28:41:
In Reply to: Uroplatus tail waving? posted by Uromastyx on April 16, 2003 at 17:23:57:
Tail waving is generally thought to signal defense or threatened behavior. By raising the tail and waving it, the lizard looks bigger, and it may even distract or confuse a predator. it is also used in territory disputes between males, however... which leads me to ask: Are you sure of the sexes? females will also engage in some mock-territory displays, but it rarely leads to anything. It has also been noted by many on the GGA List-serve that many uroplatus, of different species, will wave their tail when hunting.
I have seen tail waving with my single male only once. I had my hand in the cage, doing a little nit-picking at the plants and such, and I didn't even realize he had pasted himself to the cork covered back wall... (dang they're good at that!). Anyway, when I bumped him, he quickly went from mild mannered piece of bark to an arched backed, tail waving demon! i guess I just startled him that time, cause he has never done that before or since when I've woken him.