Have you ever looked at a lizard and wondered what it’s doing?
Many people notice that when they do this, the lizard often responds by doing pushups.
These lizards will usually hold their bodies rigid and lift and lower their legs in a very precise motion.
While some types of lizards can be seen pushing themselves up on two legs instead of four, the ones that do pushups are actually on all fours.
Why Lizards Do Pushups
These lizards are communicating with one another, and may also be trying to regulate their body temperature.
Lizards can control their body temperature by changing their color from darker to lighter.
All that will depend on if they want to absorb heat from the sun or conserve heat.
Scientists believe that lizards may also use pushups as a way of communicating.
Some species will do them in different ways and frequencies.
For example, anoles will change the color on their throat during pushups, allowing for more precise communication.
Asserting dominance is what looks to be the goal of these lizards.
This is because many animals will use pushups as a way of challenging others or showing that they are stronger than them.
It is due to behaviors like these that scientists believe pushups may play a role in a lizard’s hierarchy.
A Lizard’s Physiology
Lizards, unlike humans, do not have very good body control and cannot easily stand on their hands or feet.
As a result, scientists find it interesting that they can learn to control their limbs enough to perform pushups.
Researchers hope that these findings of lizards will help us understand how we evolved the ability to control our bodies so precisely.
So the next time you see a lizard doing pushups, take a moment to appreciate its hard work! It might just be trying to communicate with other lizards or show how powerful it is!
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