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World's 'most social' lizard builds multigenerational homes [4 years ago] #MongabayArchive

A great desert skinks popping out of its burrow. Photo by: Adam Stow, Macquarie University. Researchers from Macquarie University in Australia have discovered that the threatened great desert burrowing skink lizard forms stable families that construct and maintain elaborate underground homes, reports ABC News. This is the first lizard in the world known to practice such familial behavior. Native to central Australia, researchers are conducting studies on the great desert skink (Liopholis kintorei ) at Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park, where rangers monitor the threatened species. Over 5,000 species of lizard have been documented globally, but only the Uluru skinks live together in immediate and social families that invest in the construction of long-lasting homes. Adult Uluru skinks pair for consecutive years and may raise several generations in a single burrow constructed b...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0531-moukaddem_desert_skink...

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