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Southern Alligator Lizard - Photo (c) Éamonn O'Brien-Strain, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
kueda's ID: Southern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata)
Posted by kueda almost 4 years ago (Flag)
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Thank you Ken-ichi!

Posted by folini almost 4 years ago (Flag)
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Southern Alligator Lizard - Photo (c) Éamonn O'Brien-Strain, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
folini's ID: Southern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata)
Posted by folini almost 4 years ago (Flag)
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No prob. Tammy would have deserved WAY more naturalist cred for hand-capturing a whiptail.

Posted by kueda almost 4 years ago (Flag)
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Southern Alligator Lizard - Photo (c) Éamonn O'Brien-Strain, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
zabbey's ID: Southern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata)
Posted by zabbey almost 4 years ago (Flag)
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Ken-ichi, did you noticed the ticks on the lizard? It's a common problem for lizards?

Posted by folini almost 4 years ago (Flag)
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Yes, almost all lizards have a pretty heavy tick load when there are ticks around, particularly around their ears. On a related note, Western Fence Lizards actually seem to be able to destroy the bacterium in the ticks that cause Lyme disease, such that after having fed on one of these lizards the ticks no longer transmit the disease. However, apparently there's also evidence that lizards are such important hosts to the ticks that simply removing them reduces the number of ticks, so it's not quite as simple as more fence lizards => less Lyme disease.

Posted by kueda almost 4 years ago (Flag)
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Very interesting. Thank you for sharing!

Posted by folini almost 4 years ago (Flag)
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Southern Alligator Lizard - Photo (c) Éamonn O'Brien-Strain, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
dominic's ID: Southern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata)
Posted by dominic over 1 year ago (Flag)
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Southern Alligator Lizard - Photo (c) Éamonn O'Brien-Strain, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
folini's ID: Southern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata)
Southern Alligator Lizard - Photo (c) Éamonn O'Brien-Strain, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
Community ID: Southern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata)
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