Study

Eradication of invasive rats on Sangalaki-Island, East-Kalimantan: Part of a project for marine turtle conservation

  • Published source details Meier G. (2003) Eradication of invasive rats on Sangalaki-Island, East-Kalimantan: Part of a project for marine turtle conservation. InGrip-Consulting & Animal Control report, number 1.

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Action Category

Remove or control predators using lethal controls: Snakes & lizards

Action Link
Reptile Conservation
  1. Remove or control predators using lethal controls: Snakes & lizards

    A study in 2003 on an island offshore of East-Kalimantan, Indonesia (Meier et al. 2003) found that carrying out lethal control of black rats Rattus rattus using poison baits did not have detrimental effects on monitor lizards Varanus salvator. No illness or mortality was recorded in any monitor lizards. The last living rat was observed 5–6 months following the deployment of poison baits. In February 2003, a 25 x 25 m grid was established across the whole island and a bait station placed in each grid square. An additional 23 bait stations were established around the perimeter of the island. Blocks of rodenticide (Klerat®) were deployed at each bait station from the 7th April 2003 and replaced as needed. All non-target species were monitored throughout the baiting period. 

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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