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    Detached gecko tails can dance around for up to 30 minutes!

    I saw this article and thought some of you would find it interesting:

    According to the study, in the journal Biology Letters, the detached member continues to leap, lurch and lunge, sometimes in intricate patterns never before detected, for up to 30 minutes.
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    "We discovered that the tail has an intricate repertoire of varied and highly complex movements, including acrobatic flips up to three centimetres in height," says Russell.
    http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/ ... 680755.htm

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    Re: Detached gecko tails can dance around for up to 30 minutes!

    I think this defense mechanism is pretty cool... but pretty creepy, too, haha. I hope I never witness a gecko losing a tail because I just.... man, I couldn't even grab my dead hamster out of its cage; I can't imagine having to grab a writhing detached body part and disposing of it. Do you just throw it out? Then it can keep bouncing around in your trash for a half an hour?

    haha... putting a little too much thought into this.

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    Re: Detached gecko tails can dance around for up to 30 minutes!

    this is awesome. i have to admit, when i was a little kid, i pulled a lizards tail off once to watch it twitch. it is quite fascinating.

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