News From the Field
Tailless Lizards Lose Agility
February 13, 2009
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When caught in a vulnerable position, many lizard species may simply drop their tails, leaving the twitching body part to distract the predator as they scamper to safety. But, a new study shows that the lizards lose significant mobility and agility in return for this life-saving natural escape mechanism. Full Story
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