Study

Microhabitat use by a translocated population of St. Lucia whiptail lizards (Cnemidophorus vanzoi)

  • Published source details Dickinson H.C., Fa J.E. & Lenton S.M. (2001) Microhabitat use by a translocated population of St. Lucia whiptail lizards (Cnemidophorus vanzoi). Animal Conservation, 4, 143-156.

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Translocate adult or juvenile reptiles: Lizards

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Reptile Conservation
  1. Translocate adult or juvenile reptiles: Lizards

    A study in 1995–1998 on a mixed woodland, shrub and grassed island off the east coast of St. Lucia (Dickinson et al. 2001) found that a population of translocated St. Lucia whiptail lizards Cnemidophorus vanzoi survived at least three years after release and bred. Three years after translocation, the average size of a population of St. Lucia whiptail lizards was estimated to be 145 lizards, more than three times greater than the number of lizards originally released. In 1995, forty-two whiptail lizards taken from a nearby island were released on Praslin Island (1.1 ha). Lizards were surveyed in October–December 1997 and January–March 1998 along line transects and caught with a noose. Black rats Rattus rattus were eradicated from the island in 1993 but subsequently encountered there infrequently from 1995 onwards and were removed when discovered.

    (Summarised by: Katie Sainsbury)

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