When two Galápagos tortoise males meet during the peak mating season between February and June, they will face each other in a ritual display of dominance. They rise up on their legs and stretch their necks as far as possible. Usually the shorter tortoise conceding mating rights and back off. The behavior is most aggressive in saddleback tortoises who have longer necks and a raised carapace.
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When two Galápagos tortoise males meet during the peak mating season between February and June, they will face each other in a ritual display of dominance. They rise up on their legs and stretch their necks as far as possible. Usually the shorter tortoise conceding mating rights and back off. The behavior is most aggressive in saddleback tortoises who have longer necks and a raised carapace.

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