Tuesday, 25 November 2008

A Two Tailed Lizard

..... A Curious Side Effect of Tail Shedding

We found a two tailed lizard in the car port yesterday. It's a Metallic Skink.- Niveoscincus metallicus.

Tail shedding is a common tactic of many lizards which increases their chance of escape from predators. It seems in this case that either the tail has not shed properly or else it has suffered some sort of injury. Either way the regeneration process has been triggered but the original tail has healed. The end result is the curious two tailed lizard shown below. It's not all that unusual as I have seen others over the years but it's always interesting none the less.


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#1 - A two tailed Metallic Skink.- Niveoscincus metallicus.


#2 - Detail of the tail(s)


6 comments:

  1. Hi Mosura
    Its interesting to see up close like that.
    Cheers
    Denis

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  2. Fascinating! I've never seen that before.

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  3. End result indeed ;-)

    But most people may not be aware that tail shedding isn't such a great method of escape. Many apparent escapees die of shock.

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  4. Thank you all for taking the time to comment.

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  5. I just found one like this in the house this afternoon up here in QLD :)

    http://i36.tinypic.com/10ntbgy.jpg

    http://i35.tinypic.com/351hklz.jpg

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