Fashion-conscious lizards show animal colour bias

Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesA frightening encounter with police in Orange County inspired new research that determined clothing color may have a profound effect on animals.   Breanna Putnam of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles often studies the impacts of nonnative species on the environment. The research requires Putnam and her colleagues to wander neighborhoods and industrial parks catching anoles or other lizards by day and geckos by night.   “Especially while searching the walls of buildings with flashlights at night, people sometimes mistake us for criminals,” Putnam said.   And that is exactly what happened one night as she and a research advisor spotted geckos hanging out at an abandoned auto dealership. Two Orange County sheriffs saw what they thought were thieves, rounded a corner with guns drawn, and pointed them directly at Putnam’s adviser.   “With a bag full of geckos already in hand, it was pretty easy

Fashion-conscious lizards show animal colour bias

Attempts to get up close and personal support species confidence hypothesis.

Wed 9 Aug 17 from Cosmos Magazine

The color of people's clothing affects lizard escape behavior

The color of T-shirts people wear affects escape behavior in western fence lizards, according to a study published August 9, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Breanna Putman from University ...

Wed 9 Aug 17 from Phys.org

New research on the behavior of lizards found the animals fled less frequently when humans wore dark blue clothing rather than the color red.

Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesA frightening encounter with police in Orange County inspired new research that determined clothing color may have a profound effect on animals.   Breanna ...

Wed 9 Aug 17 from Discovery News

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