A new study suggests that the nervous system responds to lizard noises and noises made by other species of mammals, including snakes.
The results of the study appear in the June 25 issue of the journal Science.
The study was conducted by Dr. Matthew H. Smith of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
Smith is an associate professor of physiology and neurology at the UTMB and also directs UTMB’s Center for Neuroscience.
“What we found is that the lizard sounds, or sounds, the reptile makes, are actually the most sensitive,” Smith said.
“They respond to lizard sounds in ways that mimic the animal’s sense of smell, which we found to be quite similar to the sense of touch.”
Smith said that in order to get the lizard to make the sounds, a person would have to be near the reptilian, and the person would be listening to the sounds while sitting in a chair or in a dark room with a window.
Smith said the study was part of a larger research effort looking at the effects of lizard sounds on the nervous systems of other mammals, and it is the first to show that the responses of the lizard are comparable to the responses to snakes.
“The results were quite surprising,” Smith told ABC News.
“When you compare the response of snakes to lizard vibrations, you find that the response to snake sounds is about the same as to the response you would get from the human voice.
It’s just that it’s much more complex than a snake voice.”
This suggests that there are a lot of different receptors in the nervous tract that are involved in this response, and that there’s a lot more that’s going on in the lizard than we thought,” he said.
Smith said he believes that reptiles have been living in the ecosystem for thousands of years and that the reason why they have evolved such complex and sensitive responses to lizard-like sounds is because they evolved from other animals.
A recent study of the brain activity of a group of captive, wild lemurs found that they were not only sensitive to sounds made by humans, but they were also capable of making them as well.
The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
“If you’re not careful, you could actually get into a conversation with one. “
The thing about snakes is that they are much easier to detect than mammals,” Smith explained.
“If you’re not careful, you could actually get into a conversation with one.
You can pick up on things that they’re saying, and they’re very easy to detect.”
So if you are a predator, you’re going to be much more sensitive to something that you’re familiar with and could be hearing,” Smith added.
Smith is currently working on a study to determine if snakes use their sense of hearing to determine whether another species is near, or is in their territory.
He said it is possible that a species of lizard would not hear humans if they were close to them.”
They probably hear something that is more like what we would hear in the presence of humans,” Smith concluded.
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