A Newly Discovered, Self-Reproducing Lizard
A remarkable new species has been discovered in the restaurants of Vietnam.
The National Geographic reports of a new lizard found in Vietnam that could reproduce itself via cloning without requiring male lizards. The Leiolepis ngovantrii is an all-female species and is a common food served in restaurants of Southeastern Vietnam. The new found reptiles were first discovered by a local scientist who sent its images to noted herpetologist L. Lee Grismer of La Sierra University. Grismer came down to Vietnam to study these lizards and confirmed that they have stumbled upon a new kind of reptiles, which is believed to be a hybrid from maternal and paternal lines of two related species of lizards.