Male Anolis pogus Fighting in the Trees

While Anolis pogus are typically seen on the ground or in the lower areas of bushes and trees, these two males began fighting on an elevated perch in some trees near the roadside. After facing off while displaying threatening coloration, they locked mouths and began to fight in earnest. Over the course of more than ten minutes with their jaws continually locked around each others’ head, they pushed and clawed at each other. Several times they fell to a lower branch whilst remaining joined in battle. During the fight, their coloration changed considerably as you can see from the photos and video below. The battle ended when they fell to the ground and the loser scampered off into the forest.

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