February 16, 2011

Tick Population Plummets in Absence of Lizards

Univ. of Calif.-Berkeley, University of California-Berkeley

UC Berkeley

BERKELEY — The Western fence lizard’s reputation for helping to reduce the threat of Lyme disease is in jeopardy. A new study led by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, found that areas where the lizard had been removed saw a subsequent drop in the population of the ticks that transmit Lyme disease.

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TAGGED: Lyme Disease, Ticks, Lizard