A lizard, breathing under water for the first time took video

A lizard, breathing under water for the first time took video

Lizards breathe under water don’t know — in any case, as scientists previously believed. Not so long ago, however, scientists have discovered that lizards of the species Anolis oxylophus is still capable. Experts were able to photograph the underwater breathing one of these amazing lizards on video.

For more than a year, biologists Neil Luzin (Neil Losin) and Nate Dappen (Nate Dappen) traveled the world, shooting a film, dedicated to the anoles of the genus iguanaman lizards that live in the American tropics. Scientists know about these creatures already done their study was dedicated to the thousands of works in the last 50 years.

The news isthat they can run on water

As known in the art, Costa Rican lizards Anolis oxylophus able to dive into the water for about 15 minutes. Scientists at the request of biologist from the University of Toronto, decided to look at just what these animals during these dives, and analyzed the captured video. At first Luzin and Dappen didn’t notice anything remarkable, but, looking closely, saw something amazing.

Female Anolis oxylophus, caught on video, was at the bottom of the river about 10 minutes — and this time, as you can see, her head was enlarged and again contracted to a small bubble. Thus, the lizard, apparently, processed air is about the same as it happens in the case of using a rebreather (insulating respiratory apparatus).

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As explained Deppen, processing the stored air allows Anolis oxylophus long enough to take in the water to prevent it from any ground threats. How exactly is this unusual underwater breathing in these lizards is not yet clear, but researchers now are studying this behavior.