The importance of the human face in risk perception by black iguanas, Ctenosaura similis

J. Burger, M. Gochfeld

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Abstract

Iguanas were exposed to an approaching person either with an exposed face or with the face covered with hair. In the latter case the iguanas received the conflicting stimuli of a person both approaching, yet appearing to retreat. Iguanas moved earlier, ran earlier, and ran farther when the approaching person had an exposed face compared to a face hidden by hair. For iguanas exposed to a face there were significant correlations between the escape behaviors; iguanas that moved and ran earlier also ran farther. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)426-430
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Herpetology
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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