Obscure Species Club: Obscure Magic

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Let us introduce you to caudal autotomy aka tail shedding! That’s right folks, some lizard species, like California legless lizards, will detach a portion of their tail in a last-ditch effort to avoid predation. The dropped tail will then wiggle because of active nerves causing muscle contractions, serving as a distraction to predators for the lizard prey to make an escape. Tails then regenerate overtime.

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