Lemurs Get Stoned Off Millipede Toxins For An Ingenious Reason

There’s a millipede that is very toxic, and yet wild lemurs seek them out. In this clip if from the BBC nature documentary series, Spy in the Wild, it’s revealed that the lemurs chew on the millipedes as a way of creating a natural insect repellent, which protects them from insects that carry disease (like mosquitoes which carry malaria).

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But there’s also an unexpected, funny side effect – it intoxicates them and puts them into a blissful, happy state.

It must be a welcome bonus for having to chew down on a disgusting tasting, toxic arthropod.

screenshot via BBC/YouTube

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