Tuesday, May 17, 2011

3 TAILED LIZARD!!!!

Monday we spent the day out at Illetes and Trucadors to collect 60 lizards; 30 males and 30 females. It took all day, but we finally got it down along with some sunning and swimming. The water is finally tolerable. Today we took half of those lizards and painted them blue using tattoo ink. Don't worry, it doesn't hurt them. We are doing this so we can once again perform the tethered intruders experiment. This time we are testing if they don't interact with the other color of lizards because of their actual color, size, or the way they smell. To do this we take similarly sized brown lizards, paint one blue, and then present it to a wild male. I'm very interested to see what the results are, but not looking forward to conducting the experiment because it makes for long, frustrating days.

Marina applying ink
Some of the lizards that we collected had 2 tails. Very cool. This happens when they lose their tails and it doesn't completely fall off. When it regrows, the old tail remains attached and there are 2!
When you thought it couldn't get any more amazing....a 3-tailed lizard!
We've still been having our share of fun on the island. We've been going to sunsets at bars (Piratabus and Bartolo's) almost every night and meeting with Nate's friends. One of them had a baby and I got to play with her. I miss babysitting a lot, but I got my fix by spending time with this cutie for a while.
not sad, just tired

boys being boys

parachutes in front of the moon

5/16/11 sunset
My Lizard Catch Count: 25

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