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Fence Lizard with Black-legged Tick

Fence Lizard with Black-legged Tick

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DAN SUZIO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAN SUZIO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis), with Western Black-legged Tick (Ixodes pacificus), carrier of Lyme disease in California. Researchers at UC Berkeley have found that fence lizards' blood contains a substance that kills the Lyme disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, when a lizard is bitten by a tick. This may explain the relatively low incidence of Lyme disease in California.

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