Mighty morphing tree lizards

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Molecule: a chemical structure that has two or more atoms held together by a chemical bond. Water is a molecule of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom (H2O)... more

All animals have hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers that travel through your blood. They turn some of your body's functions on or off. For example, some hormones tell your heart to beat faster when you get scared. Another hormone makes you store fat after you eat a piece of cake. Hundreds of hormones are in your body, carrying many different messages.

Hormone messangers

Testosterone is one of the hormones that make men look different from women. This is because men have much more testosterone than women do. Men's high testosterone makes them grow beards and develop deeper voices. Testosterone also makes male lizards look different from female lizards, and orange-blue males different from orange males. In tree lizards, this hormone can make a male develop an aggressive personality, and a blue spot on his dewlap.

Progesterone is a hormone that is very important during pregnancy. Pregnant moms have lots of progesterone, which helps their bodies do a good job of supporting the developing baby. Male tree lizards don't get pregnant, but they have progesterone, too. In tree lizards, progesterone's effects are like testosterone's -- it causes males to develop into the aggressive orange-blue morph.

Progesterone and testosterone molecules

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  • Article: Testosterone & Progesterone
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: December 18, 2009
  • Date accessed: May 24, 2018
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/testosterone-progesterone

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Dr. Biology. (2009, December 18). Testosterone & Progesterone. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved May 24, 2018 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/testosterone-progesterone

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

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Dr. Biology. "Testosterone & Progesterone". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 18 December, 2009. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/testosterone-progesterone

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Dr. Biology. "Testosterone & Progesterone". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 18 Dec 2009. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 24 May 2018. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/testosterone-progesterone

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
Testosterone animated molecule

Rotating view of a testosterone molecule.

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