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Plestiodon fasciatus

Plestiodon fasciatus
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Copyright: Michael Porterfield (mporterf) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 74 N: 84] (673)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-11
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D90
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-13 5:56
Viewed: 2825
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The conspicuous coloring is a survival trait: it attracts a predator's attention to the tail of the animal, which will break off when grabbed. A skink thus often manages to escape and hide under some rock, log, or fallen leaves while the predator still contemplates the wildly thrashing severed tail. (This is an instance of what is called autotomy: voluntarily shedding a body part in order to escape, and later regenerating the body part.) After the tail regenerates, it usually has the same color as the rest of the body and is typically shorter than the original tail. In some species, regrown tails are pinkish. A regrown tail has a cartilaginous rod for support instead of vertebrae. [Wikipedia]

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