Archive for February, 2008

Where Elephants Tread, Geckos Thrive, Study Finds

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 1, 2008   View Article

As elephants bash and browse through the trees of the African savanna, they create nooks and crannies for little geckos to hide from predators and the hot sun, according to a new study.

The research shows that the population of Kenya dwarf geckos increases proportionally with the number of trees with limbs snapped, trunks split, bark stripped, and branches fallen in the wake of an elephant run-in.

Naked Mole Rats Unable to Feel Burning Pain

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: February 1, 2008   View Article

Naked mole rats, like most creatures, don’t like to be pinched or pricked—but just try to get one to yelp by rubbing lemon juice or red-hot chili peppers over a cut. It won’t.

That’s because the hairless, finger-size rats are numb to the burning sensation that almost every other mammal feels when exposed to acids and hot peppers.

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