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Introduction to Horned Lizards of North America$
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Wade Sherbrooke

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780520228252

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520228252.001.0001

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Coming of Generations

Coming of Generations

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(p.130) Coming of Generations
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Introduction to Horned Lizards of North America
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Wade C. Sherbrooke

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520228252.003.0010

This chapter discusses social interactions and the reproductive behavior of horned lizards. It first examines the head-bobbing patterns of horned lizards and analyzes the behavior that follows these initial greetings. It then examines their mating and nesting behavior. It also suggests that climate, elevation, and geography have profound influence on the reproduction of each species of horned lizard. For example, the pygmy horned lizard (Phrynosoma douglasii) and the short-horned lizard (Phrynosoma hernandesi have the widest distribution in cooler northern climates and in high mountain elevations and northern latitudes. They have adapted their reproductive cycles to very short seasons and low temperatures.

Keywords:   social interactions, reproductive behavior, head-bobbing, mating, nesting behavior, reproduction, pygmy horned lizard, Phrynosoma douglasii, short-horned lizard, Phrynosoma hernandesi

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