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  •  the Grand Canyon lizards are probably whiptails (1+ / 0-)
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    too.  The genus is found all around the southern US.

    Not all the species are parthenogenic, though.

    As for why they do the pseudo-copulation, it seems to be a leftover from their two-gendered past--the physical act of mating triggers certain hormones for them, and now even though they don't need a male's sperm from sex, they still need the physical trigger to stimulate the hormone production. Hence, lesbian lizards.

    Go find an anti-gay fundamentalist kooker, ask him why God designed these lizards to do same-sex sex, and watch them get all red in the face.  ;)

    •  yep, whiptails, Lenny Flank. . . (1+ / 0-)
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      but I am not sure of the species just now. Westerns, I think. I was just reading about this subject matter and the article mentioned what you just did. . .a two-gendered past. And I don't hang with anti-gay anything. So, I don't know such people. But people need to get your acts together and find something more important to gripe about. I'm thinking the environment. It's in serious trouble. Do you know about about the great demise of desert tortoises? These are wonderful creatures that harm no one and I know the environmental stress, as in human development, is part of the reason for the loss of numbers, but there is an infectious disease that is taking a swipe at their former great numbers. It's these sorts of subjects and themes that interest me, not a person's sexual preference, his or her social or religious or political beliefs. I am all in for the environment. Period. Anyway, thanks for posting this added information. I now know where my best human resource is for science and such. Send me a bill!

      Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

      by richholtzin on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 07:54:42 AM PDT

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