Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Western Fence Lizard on Petroglyphs
Some rocks on the hillsides around these inland county areas have ancient human-made markings whose age are hard to determine. It's possible they predate even the Pomo people of today and recent centuries. This deeply incised boulder is on display on the grounds of the Mendocino County Museum on Commercial Street. Present still longer have been Western Fence Lizards. They are an attachment host for deer ticks at one of its youthful stages. The ticks that take the lizard ride are astonishingly cleansed of Lyme Disease, reducing the rate of infection for their adult stage victims. Something about Western Fence Lizard blood does the trick, but not all ticks are afforded this treatment so we still have to be careful to avoid bites. So many reasons to love lizards, and now this.
MORE INFORMATION: New York Times article