A fatal staring competition

A CURIOUS INCIDENT

The Ceylon Observer vouches for the truth of an extraordinary story which will interest students of natural history.  Some four months ago a young lady, while a guest with some friends in Colombo, saw three house lizards watch each other on a post for five days, and mentioned the circumstance to her father as a curious incident.  Returning to Colombo last month she was astonished to find the three lizards still there watching each other; but now they were skeletons firmly attached to the post of the verandah, about a foot apart from each other, just as she had left them four months previously! The supposition is that they died of starvation rather than move and give an opportunity for attack.

The Star, St Peter Port, Thursday 5 December 1895

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