Holy lizard rape Batman!!
February 28, 2007 7:21pm CST
Ok we had a green anole then got a second. The second one died. So a few weeks ago we got two more. Turns out that one is a male. Well he is much bigger than the other two. We have seen him trying to attack the newer small one. Today we caught him holding onto our little one's neck and trying to rape her. She tried to run and he just ran with her still holding on. I physically had to go in and seperate them. Does anyone know what to do short of getting a second tank? Please help my poor little girls don't need to get raped.
11 May 07
Well, my goodness, that is quite the topic for my Friday morning! I know nothing about anoles but I visited this website: www.anapsid.org aand this is what I discovered that might apply to your situation. "Not all females will be receptive to all males. Despite extensive research in mate selection, there are still a lot of unknowns. We do know that if a male pursues a female who is not interested, it could cause significant stress in the female, stress to the point of illness. If you are housing more than one anole in an enclosure, you must increase the size of the enclosure and provide discreet areas so that the female can get away from, and out of sight of, the male." "Aggression may be overt and forceful, such as butting, biting, and chasing, but it can be more subtle, too. If you have two or more green anoles and one is always brown, observe them carefully. Notice where the brown one goes, and where it does not go. You will probably see that it is not eating, basking, or otherwise behaving in the same way as the others. More careful observation should enable you to identify which of the other anoles is causing this behavior. A dominant anole (male or female) uses posture and physical position within the environment to maintain their dominant status. While some subordinate lizards are fine with this, some are not, or may for some reason become the focus of the dominant lizard. If you have such a stressed anole, you will need to separate it from the others, providing a completely separate enclosure for it and possibly one other anole with whom you know it is compatible." Maybe seperating them will be unavoidable? It sounds as though it is very upsetting for the little lady who is being harassed!