/Lizards grip became ten times stronger after hurricane Maria

Lizards grip became ten times stronger after hurricane Maria

Anolis oculatus

Anolis oculatus is a native lizard to Dominica

Aymeric Mauroy

Lizards on the Caribbean island of Dominica appear to have suddenly developed a super strong grip. Measurements before and after a hurricane hit the island reveal the lizards’ grip has become ten times stronger – although it is not clear why.

In September 2017, Category 5 strength hurricane Maria devastated Dominica and may have drastically altered some of the nation’s wildlife.

Claire Dufour at Harvard University and her colleagues were in Dominica in 2016, studying the coexistence of two types of lizard: invasive crested anoles (Anolis cristatellus …