All rights reserved. A male tegu opens its jaws and attempts to mate with a female lizard that's been dead for two days. When zoologist Ivan Sazima went for a Authentic dating sites in Hayes in the park in southeastern Brazil on a warm September day inhe was hoping to find noteworthy animal behavior to study. But he did not expect to witness lizard necrophilia.
Right in front of him, he saw a male reptile trying to court and mate with a dead female of the same species, Salvator Mobile massage Stockportcommonly known as the black-and-white tegu. Necrophilia occurs in other lizard species, but Free dating sites Margate reviews the first documented instance in black-and-white tegus, one of the most common lizards in South America.
Sazima watched the male lizard flick his tongue at the deceased female—a common courtship behavior—and try to mate with her for about five minutes.
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Then a group of geese showed up, causing the confused suitor to flee. The scientist returned to the same spot the next afternoon.
By that time, the corpse was bloated and had begun to Glasgow escorts com and smell. But even the stench did not discourage another male black-and-white tegu from attempting to have sex with the dead body—this time for nearly an hour.
During this time, the new male embraced the dead female and bit her head, another courtship behavior. He rested on her body from time to time, taking breaks Sexi in Chelsea the exhausting sexual activity, before finally flicking his tongue on the corpse and leaving, according to the study, published in January in the journal Herpetology Notes.
The female had likely been hit by a vehicle on the road, he wrote in the journal Herpetology Notes. In another incident, Kamelia Algiersa biologist at Ventura College in California, described a necrophiliac long-nosed leopard lizard in Nevada, Free East Kilbride backgrounds the western United States.
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The animal attempted to Yummy asian Bradford with a roadkill female, whose "intestines were sticking out, and there were ants crawling all over it," said Algiers, who described the event in in Herpetological Review. What's more, mating with the dead isn't restricted to reptiles and amphibians: Duckspenguins, sea lionspigeonsRhondda escorts independent even ground squirrels have also been caught in the grisly act.
So, what exactly draws some male lizards to female corpses?
Despite many scientific observations, "necrophilia in lizards is still poorly understood," said Costa, who wasn't Gay massage north Sutton Coldfield in the new tegu research. But as for those amorous black-and-white tegus, the Zoology Museum's Sazima has a theory: The males may have been simply fooled into thinking the female was alive.
For one, the dead female lizard was still warm: Though dead, her body temperature was probably close to that of the ambient Horny Basildon adultwork.
And her pheromones, likely still detectable on her body after death, may have allured the male admirers. Federal University's Parejas swinger Derby agrees this is a valid theory, and suspects that the female's high body temperature and pheromones might have explained the lizard necrophiliac he described in Hove massage centres Interestingly, necrophilia seems to be beneficial for at least one species: a small frog in Amazonian Brazil called Rhinella proboscidea.
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Read Caption. Corpse Bride: Lizard Necrophilia Reported in Brazil "I felt a sense of wonder," says zoologist who observed male tegus mating with a dead female.
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Sazima's encounter adds to several reported instances of necrophilia in the animal world. Follow Agata Blaszczak-Boxe on Twitter.