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Variety Is The Spice Of Life: Too Many Males, Too Little Time...

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  1. Rich

    Rich Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Female Australian painted dragon lizards are polyandrous, that is, they mate with as many males as they can safely get access to. Research has shown that this preference could therefore contribute to the maintenance of both male types within the population. Female painted dragons possess the remarkable ability to store sperm inside their reproductive tract that remain viable for a considerable amount of time, so that the sperm of different males actually compete with each other to fertilize her eggs.

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  2. MadDog

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    I think it's amazing that these animals posses such an ability. Imagine if female humans were this way, lol. Then most all of us would be perfect. Garter snakes can do the same thing.
     
  3. Typhanie

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    Interesting. When she mates, though, does she mate with just two males, or as many as she can? The beginning of the article looked like as many as possible, but then they said she may mate with one yellow and one red to avoid the same one twice. Unless she had some other way of telling, I don't see how that could really work.
     
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