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question regarding change in body color

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Posted by: kenmare at Tue Mar 2 13:33:23 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by kenmare ]  
   

My son has a trio of WC juvenile male collareds collected from the Albuquerque area in NM. I noticed an interesting phenomenon regarding their body color -- their color changes quite dramatically depending on the angle you view them. If you are looking at them straight across at their level, they are a very pretty aqua blue-green color. If viewed from above, they have virtually no blue-green coloration, only a brownish cast with white spots. Is this an adaptive mechanism (i.e. camouflage) to make them less conspicuous to predators from above (birds of prey, etc.)but very visible to other collareds? We are fairly new to the collareds but have kept many other species of reptiles and I have not seen this before.
Any ideas?


   

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