Photos of animals that can grow back limbs

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  1. Anonymous says:

    They forgot the most important one: “The Stone Crab”. Every year in south Florida you can enjoy delicious stone crab legs during the season. The law in Florida says that if you are catch with just one stone crab, they will fine you $ 30.000.00 (Thirty Thousand Dollars). So you catch a crab, remove the legs and throw the crab back to the sea. They will grow the claws in about 15 months. That’s the only way to maintain a healthy population. They can not grow them in nurseries, they are cannibals. If you do, you end up with just one real big.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I see a potential food source here…

  3. Anonymous says:

    ISTR that tailess skinks are significantly less likely to find mates.

  4. Anonymous says:

    It turns out humans have the ability to regrow limbs as well (up until the age of 2 or so):

    “Up to about age 2, people can consistently regrow fingertips, says Dr. Stephen Badylak, a regeneration expert at the University of Pittsburgh.”
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,252704,00.html

    • cinemajay says:

      Uh, a finger tip is hardly a “limb”.

      • Snig says:

        During the industrial revolution the matter came up fairly often, as kids were working in the heavy machinery. Children of a certain age (but older than two), could lose fingers up to the first joint and regrow it, younger children could lose up to the second joint and regrow. Heard this from an embryologist working in the field of Hox genes. Matter of hox gene expression (pattern formation “master” genes).
        No a finger is not a limb, but fingertips are pretty complex body parts.

  5. andup says:

    While it is not a limb, there was a 69 year old kid that regrew 1/2 inch of finger tip, also with help from Badylak.

    There were several write-ups; possibly the best:
    http://www.esquire.com/features/esquire-100/pigfinger1007

    The new end looked a younger, but the article did not mention the effect on mates.

  6. mr.skeleton says:

    I thought most lizards could shed and regrow their tails. Guess just some. My childhood cats used to being home lizard tails all the time. It didn’t always work though – the cats would get bored with the tail and go after the lizard.

  7. Dragonflye says:

    Alas, they are never “as colorful or elegant as the original,” the agency says.

    Well then. Glad to see a human scared a tail off of one.

  8. feltmountain says:

    Missing Homer Simpson.

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