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Isolation rearing does not constrain social plasticity in a family-living lizard
- Riley, Julia L, Guidou, Côme, Fryns, Caroline, Mourier, Johann, Leu, Stephan T, Noble, Daniel W A, Byrne, Richard W, Whiting, Martin J
- Behavioral ecology 2018 v.29 no.3 pp. 563-573
- lizards, plasticity, rearing, trees
- Loner lizards can become savvy socialites. An animal’s social experience while growing up often influences how they interact socially, and it may also constrain their ability to adapt to dynamic social situations. Yet, we find that in the tree skink, a family-living lizard, social plasticity is not limited by their social experience during development. The tree skink has a variable social system, which may enable it to adapt to dynamic social situations.