Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Lemurs: Millipede Junkies

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This streaming video from Animal Planet reveals that Madagascar’s lemurs also use drugs to get high — but instead of peyote buttons or magic mushrooms, they use a poison produced by the millipede [1:55]


  1. #1 phisrow
    January 30, 2008

    That is really quite strange(and rather amusing). Do we know if there is any sort of adaptive advantage to this behavior(spreading toxins on the fur cuts parasite load or something of that nature) or is this a case of a neutral or maladaptive behavior that happens to hit the reward centers good and hard?

  2. #2 David Harmon
    January 31, 2008

    There’s also the question of what the millipedes might get out of it (or not).

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