Some lizards are able to absorb moisture from their surroundings through what process?

1 Answer
Sep 18, 2017

Answer:

Special skin structures, comprising a micro-structured surface with capillary channels enable the lizard to collect water by capillarity and transport it to the mouth for ingestion.

Explanation:

Technically, from a physics or chemistry perspective, that is a collection mechanism, and not really an "absorption" mechanism. True absorption through skin would be a diffusion process across a membrane.

Special skin structures, comprising a micro-structured surface with capillary channels in between imbricate overlapping scales, enable the lizard to collect water by capillarity and transport it to the mouth for ingestion.

The details (if you want them) can be found here:
http://jeb.biologists.org/content/219/21/3473