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Bosc's Fringe-Toed Lizards (Mating)

Acanthodactylus boskianus


"During courtship the male approaches the female with a bent neck, and then runs in semi-circles, whilst probing the female’s body with its tongue. If receptive, the female lies flat and lifts the base of the tail, allowing the male to make cloacal contact. The eggs are laid about two weeks after mating in a deep hole in moist ground, which is subsequently covered up. The eggs, which normally number from around two to seven in a clutch, remain buried for 89 to 100 days before hatching. ~Arkive


"Occurs in arid regions, on open sand or clay ground, with vegetation or rocks for cover." ~Arkive


I noticed these lizards when I was packing up my tent in the early morning. They were less then 2 meters away and were doing quite a shuffle/run around, that lasted long enough for me to get my camera out and switch lenses. I thought for sure I'd scare them away, but they stayed in the same spot and didn't seem bothered by my presence. The first two photos were right after they stopped moving around and they then stayed in the position shown in the last photos for quite awhile - I took plenty of photos, packed up my tent and they were still there.

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Bernadette S
Bernadette S 6 years ago

Thanks, Maria, Mark, and Leuba! LOL - I said the same thing to my husband - that the male looked quite smug. ;-)

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 6 years ago

Thank you, Fyn, for letting me know! Always an honor to be nominated. :-)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

Wonderful ! "Packing your tent" adds a great deal to this spotting. Keep safe.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Yes definitely a grin. Great spotting Bernadette.

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Great series, Bernadette. And the male looks "satisfied" in photos 3 and 4! :)

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 6 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

dororeinecke 6 years ago

There is always something!!!! :)

Bernadette S
Bernadette S 6 years ago

Thanks, dororeinecke! I think it was Mother Nature making up for the lack of flowers to photograph. ;-)

dororeinecke 6 years ago

You were so lucky!
And WE are so lucky, that you could make pictures and post them here! :)

Bernadette S
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Bernadette S

أبو زنيمة, جنوب سيناء, Egypt

Spotted on May 20, 2015
Submitted on Jun 2, 2015

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