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The famous Larchmont Lizard (read more about this guy here) (Photo by manmadepants via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)

Lots of Angelenos like to hike. Here at LAist, hiking seems pretty popular too. We've covered hikes in Franklin Canyon, Limekiln Canyon, Malibu, and of course, Griffith Park, among others.

And what do all these hikes have in common? Good exercise, fantastic views, sweat, dirt, and lizards.

Have you ever been hiking and noticed that sometimes lizards do these weird displays which involve push-ups and displaying their dewlap (that colored sack of skin usually below the chin that many animals - birds, frogs, lizards - have and often puff out)? Ever wondered why they do that?