Photos of animals that can grow back limbs

skinks_blood_551_second.JPG.jpeg Treehugger has a list of 10 creatures that can grow back body parts that includes the skink, a type of lizard that can shed its tail on command:
They can't walk upright, but they can release their tail at will. If a predator tries to attack from behind, the tail detaches and keeps wiggling while the skink scurries away, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. The skink can grow a new tail in three to four months. Alas, they are never "as colorful or elegant as the original," the agency says.
Image by eFungus


      1. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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