In the Dominican countryside, it is widely rumored that you can get worms from the bite of the salta cocote (a.k.a. a crown giant anole belonging to the ricordii group). It’s easy to see how this rumor might have gotten started when you look in the mouth of a salta cocote! The A. ricordii in the photo above had a large cluster of maggots in its mouth, as did other individuals from the same locality. These maggots have some narly teeth that they seemingly use to dig into the flesh on the back of the lizards throat. We’re taking measures to identify these larvae now, but perhaps somebody can save us the trouble of doing this work ourselves – have these buggers been described?
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