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lizard tail care

Many lizards have impressive tail [see the photo on the right]. And equally eye catching is their ability to drop the tail, or part of it, which may be regenerated later [rollover for an example]. The common understanding of the feature is that this is a defense mechanism, called autotomy, to elude a predator's grasp or to distract the predator and thereby allow escape. I doubt this is the only function of the self amputation - evolution is known to effectively "solve" numerous life problems simultaneously. Itís remarkable, for instance, some lizards will return to a dropped tail after the threat has passed, and will eat it - implying that the tail could be a major storage organ for accumulating reserves.

Anyway, autotomy is a natural phenomenon and I was surprised by an elaborate and touchy web presentation of lizard tail care. I was moved by the deep compassion for an animal (see below). Until, that is, Iíve realized that the moving part is expected to be "as low as": TetraFauna Turtle VitaShell as low as $2.99, Natural Chemistry Reptile Relief as low as $5.99. And shipping is free (some restrictions apply, of course).


lizards tail


Krešimir J. Adamić