"Macho, Macho Man!"
Males only begin reproducing as they mature and gain territories at about 4 years old. Females conceive at 1 1/2 years of age. A couple of months before breeding begins, a male becomes increasingly aggressive and territorial. When females approach his property, the male goes rapidly among them in lowstretch position or "flehman" with nose and tail lifted, nostrils flared, and mouth slightly open, often tongue-flicking to sniff the air using a well-developed Jacobson's organ.
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