Lizards Need Their Coffee, Too: Could Caffeine Help Bring Threatened Species Back From The Brink?


In an article just published in Conservation Physiology, Macquarie University’s Simon Clulow and colleagues reveal a new sperm freezing and revival technique that shows considerable promise—and involves a surprising ingredient.

The group took  from a  of Yellow Spotted Monitors—a  or “goanna” species that has suffered severe population declines in recent years as cane toads moved into their habitat. For a large lizard, a toad makes a tasty—and lethal—treat. With populations crashing by as much as 97 percent, with huge knock-on effects throughout its ecosystem, the Yellow Spotted Monitor is in urgent need of help.

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