Scientists Discovered How Desert Lizard Drinks Water

11.11.2016

Living in the deserts of Australia, lizard Moloch, aka – barbed devil, quenches thirst in a rather unusual way. First, the moisture is absorbed by the skin of her body, and then enters the oral cavity.

Scientists Discovered How Desert Lizard Drinks Water

This mechanism was detected by the University of Western Australia specialists. They found that the lizard gets water from puddles that may occur during the infrequent rains, with the help of thousands of microscopic channels in the skin. When the capillaries are saturated with water for 3, 19% of the body mass of the lizard, the water rushes towards her mouth. Moloch can't get water out of the wet sand, like some amphibians. Therefore, this species of lizard can disappear due to the rainfall reduction in Australia caused by climate change.