Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Agamemnon & Clytemnestra

Painted Dragons (Stellagama stellio), like many Agamid lizards, are territorial - a mature male sets up shop in an area, then defends it with zeal, and attracts a number of females to reside in his territory. Soon enough, young Dragons will hatch, and also reside in this domain until they grow up and move on. So, if you see a Painted Dragon in one area day after day, year after year, this is, in fact, the same lizard. So I started naming two of the wild Painted Dragons best known to me, who live on the wall of the Weizmann Institute of Science (a few minutes walk from my apartment). I called the dominant male Agamemnon - from the word Agama (the type of lizard he belongs to - he's an Agamid), and his prominent mate I call Clytemnestra, after Agamenon's vengeful wife in Greek mythology. But, unlike mythology, these two lizards actually get along pretty well.



The Loving Lizard Couple (Clytemnestra on top):

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