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This Element is an excerpt from Curious Folks Ask 2: 188 Real Answers on Our Fellow Creatures, Our Planet, and Beyond (9780137057399) by Sherry Seethaler. Available in print and digital formats.
Animal mysteries solved: why lizards do pushups, how kangaroos clean their pouches, and much more!
Why do lizards do “pushups” while sunning themselves? They are displaying athletic flamboyance, just like their human counterparts at Venice Beach. Depending on the nuances, lizard pushups may convey “I’m too tough to mess with” or “Hey, ladies, check me out.” Body language is a rich form of communication for lizard jocks and jockettes…