Hello there! Have you ever wondered why lizards drop their tails when threatened and what effect does this have on them? The former is a defence mechanism to hopefully distract the predator and give them time to escape. Although tail loss is natural, it has some consequences:
1️⃣ Loss of sense of balance
2️⃣ Loss of fat deposits, so they need more nutrients than usual. They also need more energy and protein for regenerating it.
3️⃣ The reproductive system stops in adults and juveniles stop growing until their tail is fully recovered.
4️⃣ Susceptible to predators
5️⃣ The new tail will unlikely resemble the original and it usually cannot drop again as it’s cartilage.
6️⃣ If the lizard is prepared for it, it shouldn’t hurt. If there’s notorious blood, something went wrong and needs more attention.
▶️ Conclusion: Be nice & careful!!! 🦎 Have a nice day! Video by @iphotolarry