Lizards defend eggs against snakes

An observational study has found the Asian long-tailed skink (Eutropis longicaudata) will aggressively defend its eggs from predators such as snakes.

The study was conducted on Orchid Island off Taiwan and found the mother long-tailed skink will stay with her eggs until they hatch.

On nearby islands, the same lizard species abandons their eggs after laying, suggesting the maternal behaviour is confined to Orchid Island where there are more egg-eating snakes.

Read more at James Cook University