It seems not much has changed since the cretaceous. Reptiles continue to be impolite towards each other. I noticed this aggressive behavior between two male Carolina anoles (Anolis carolinensis) while I was preparing to film a pair of female wasps competing to oviposit in the same crack on a log.
At first, I thought a brown anole (Anolis sagrei) was attacking a green anole. Brown anole is an introduced species to southeastern United States and its population is expanding towards north since 1940s. I was wrong. It was a territorial dispute between two Carolina anoles.
As I was filming the drama, a runner approached and distracted the aggressor (you can hear the foot steps in the background). Brown one retreated by making victorious display of his red dewlap. Green anole was very shaken. Just as I was thinking the whole ordeal was over a yellow jacket wasp came out of nowhere and began to harass the poor thing. I couldn't stand the nature red in teeth and claw scene and intervened. I chased the wasp away and hid the green dude under an oak leaf. An hour later on my way back, I curiously checked under the leaf. It was gone.
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