Blue Tongue Lizard Babies As Clever as Adults
A new study done by Birgit Szabo
and Martin Whiting of Australia's Macquarie University has shown that
Australian eastern blue tongue lizards are every bit as clever as adults.
The researchers observed that life for these reptiles are very tough from the time they are born. They have to be on their own without parental support or protection and thus vulnerable to predatory attacks.
The research team observed a dozen adults and 16 captive born juveniles of 23-56 days of age. The babies performed as cleverly as adults in most of the tests. This made them infer that young ones are as clever as adults from a very early age. And the study reported in Animal Behavior is the first to directly compare adult and juvenile flexible learning in a reptile species.