Lizard tails twitch when separated from body

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I was moving a garbage can when I saw something small dart out from underneath. That slight startle turned into intrigue when I noticed what was left behind. First, a lizard can severe its own tail on command, an amazing feat by itself, but that tail continues to twitch for a few minutes even after it is disconnected from the lizard's body.

Resources:

Wired:Severed Gecko Tails have a Mind of Their Own

BioScience: Tail Loss in Lizards

Type
Phenomena
Subject
Life Science

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