Mating behaviour of the lizard Ameiva ameiva in Brazil

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The courtship and copulation behaviours of the lizard Ameiva ameiva is described from field observations made at various locations in Brazil. In males, the main behaviours observed during one observation of courtship were head bobbing, circling and walking over the females, rubbing his body against the female, mounting, and dismounting. Females generally remain passive throughout courtship. The reproductive behaviour of A. ameiva resembles that of other teiids, however males exhibit some behavioural peculiarities, such as circling the female to restrict her movements, no cloacal rubbing against the ground, and no biting during copulation.
Ramalho RA, Lobo LM, Migliore SN, Almeida-Santos SM. Mating behaviour of the lizard Ameiva ameiva in Brazil. Herpetol. Bull. 2021 May;158:1-5. doi:10.33256/hb158.15.
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