Balkan Green Lizard. Lacerta trilineata.Photo Credit:
Life on an island isn't always easy. To make the most of the little there is to eat on many Greek islands, the digestive system of s has evolved considerably compared to family members on the mainland. Surprisingly, many of these insect-eating lizards even have special valves that help to digest plants. These are some of the findings¹ from a study led by Konstantinos Sagonas of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece, published in Springer's journal The Science of Nature².
Sagonas K, Pafilis P., Valakos ED. Effects of insularity on digestion: living on islands induces shifts in physiological and morphological traits in island reptiles. The Science of Nature, 2015; 102 (9-10) DOI: 10.1007/s00114-015-1301-8