TASK 4 Integrated Reading/Listening/Speaking
Withincertain animal species, conflicts sometimes arise over resources such asterritory or food To resolve these conflicts, two animals of the same speciesmay engage in agonistic behavior With this type of aggressive behavior, theanimals participate in a physical competition that demonstrates which animal ismore powerful While each animal attempts to prove its strength in thecompetition, it typically does so without harming the other animal Once thewinner is established, that animal gains access to the desired resources, whilethe weaker animal surrenders and leaves the area.
Explainhow the example in the lecture illustrates agonistic behavior.
高分词汇：reinforce, justify, territory
In the lecture, the professor mainly talked about the theory about agonistic behavior. To reinforce the theory, the professor gave an example about two rattlesnakes in his speech. In the example, scientists saw two rattlesnakes had found the same hole and both of them wanted to eat the food there. And what happened was the two rattlesnakes faced each other and made themselves as tall as possible. And then they began pushing each other and trying to control one another. But in this process, neither of those two rattlesnakes was trying to hurt each other. And the snake which could have easily bitten the other one, it didn’t, and let it go. Finally the winner got the food. So this example justify the agonistic behavior which is the certain animals species just simply want to show off the power of themselves in the regard of territory or food and prove their strength in the competition.