Lizards Have Family Values

Lizards get a bad rap when it comes to their families: They lay their eggs and never look back. But that’s not the case for desert night lizards, which have been found investing time and energy in their young and forming families — a strategy that was thought exclusive to mammals and birds.

“Birds, mammals and reptiles are so different in so many ways,” said Alison Davis, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California at Berkeley. Reptiles aren’t even warm-blooded, she notes, yet here they are forming families just like their warmer cousins.

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