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Western fence lizard, Sceloporus occidentalis, Alameda County, California.  Researchers at UC Berkeley have found that fence lizards' blood contains a substance that kills the Lyme disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, when a lizard is bitten by a tick.  This may explain the relatively low incidence of Lyme disease in California.

Western fence lizard, Sceloporus occidentalis, Alameda County, California. Researchers at UC Berkeley have found that fence lizards' blood contains a substance that kills the Lyme disease bacterium, Borrelia burgdorferi, when a lizard is bitten by a tick. This may explain the relatively low incidence of Lyme disease in California.

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