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Blue-tongue lizards are resistant to red-bellied black snake venom, Australian study finds

<p>Researchers say blue-tongues seem to have evolved a chemical resistance while goannas that feed on venomous snakes have not</p><p>Blue-tongue lizards have developed a resistance to the venom of the red-bellied black snake, according to new research.</p><p>The largest animals in the skink family, blue-tongues seem to have evolved a chemical resistance to the snake venom, while carnivorous monitor lizards – goannas – that feed on Australia’s venomous snakes have not.</p><p><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/guardian-australia-morning-mail/2014/jun/24/-sp-guardian-australias-morning-mail-subscribe-by-email?CMP=copyembed">Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning</a></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/sep/06/blue-tongue-lizards-are-resistant-to-red-bellied-black-snake-venom-australian-study-finds">Continue reading...</a>

Researchers say blue-tongues seem to have evolved a chemical resistance while goannas that feed on venomous snakes have not

Blue-tongue lizards have developed a resistance to the venom of the red-bellied black snake, according to new research.

The largest animals in the skink family, blue-tongues seem to have evolved a chemical resistance to the snake venom, while carnivorous monitor lizards – goannas – that feed on Australia’s venomous snakes have not.

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