Last June, a blue-throated keeled lizard with 3 tails measuring between 10 and 30 millimeters in length was spotted in the Republic of Kosovo. The adult lizard is the first known of its species and is one of the few triple-tailed lizards to have been discovered worldwide.
It’s probable that the three tails are anomaly in the lizard’s self-amputation process. Normally species would shed their tails to evade predatory attacks regenerating a replacement tail with cartilage.
Image courtesy: DANIEL JABLONSKI(taken from)
According to Bill Bateman, a Curtin University biologist, this discovery is significant because “the original tail has been lost, rather than being damaged and retained.” He went on to say that the triple tailed lizard is ““pretty dramatic, as all three tails look like they have generated from a stump, and all of them look quite big.
” He compares the Kosovo lizard to the triple tailed anole lizards he saw in the U.S. that had “very short and undeveloped ‘tail-lets’” accompanying the original tail.
Having 3 or even 2 tails can effect a specimens balance or create other disabilities, but according to the study the Kosovo lizard was in proper condition. Bateman doubt that having extra tails could effect the lizard’s health in anyway and considers them to be “pretty incredible.”