My brother had a spring bear tag, so I went along on a 5.5 mile hike in Oregon's coast range this morning; I'll sleep good tonight. The most interesting critters we saw were a couple of Western Fence Lizards. Both were predominately black- I figured they weren't melanistic, but changed colors to better absorb the morning sun, but I checked online to be sure. Yep- that was the case. Something else Wiki taught me- they have a protein in their blood that kills the bacterium behind Lyme disease, so areas with bluebellies (common nickname for the lizard) have a lower prevalence of the disease. How cool is that?
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