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]

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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?

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

By David Harmon (not verified) on 31 Jan 2008 #permalink