February 16, 2011
Tick Population Plummets in Absence of Lizards
Univ. of Calif.-Berkeley, University of California-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.
TAGGED: Lyme Disease, Ticks, Lizard