Pictures can be deceptive. These two green anoles may seem to be watching my sweetheart gardening, but were actually disputing territory on the boundary fence of a herb garden.
It was dramatic, more so than I’m showing here. As the stand-off deteriorated into battle, we witnessed one of the anoles hanging vertically from the other, its head completely within the other’s jaw, as if being eaten alive. I didn’t try to take a picture because it looked horrific. My sweetheart scared the stronger one so it dropped the weaker, which scuttled away, but we both felt he was delaying the inevitable.
At the time, I was fascinated by the display. Lizards posturing with their heads bobbing, displaying pink dewlaps and raised dorsal crests, trying to eat each other reminded me of politicians. I know that should not be so. I didn’t realise it was about to get worse.