MOTHER'S DAY MAYHEM: "Worst" Animal Moms?

MOTHER'S DAY MAYHEM: ''Worst'' Animal Moms
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Long-Tailed Skink Mom: Self-Absorbed Pessimist?

She's a "bad" mom because ... even though "Mother of the Year" candidates are scarce among reptiles, this lizard is a standout among callous moms. If the skink mother lays a clutch of eggs when there's lots of predators around, she's likely to eat her brood before they hatch.

Give Mom a break, because ... the skink is probably saving her young from an inevitable fate while making herself stronger to ensure another chance to reproduce, Forbes said.

"She may decide that because of all the predators, there is no chance of her eggs making it, so she's going to eat them to recycle the nutrients."
— Photograph courtesy Arthur D. Chapman
 
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