Reproductive and population biology of the fringe-toed lizard, Acanthodactylus scutellatus, in Israel

G. Perry, R. Dmi’el

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Abstract

The reproductive ecology of Acanthodactylus scutellatus was studied in Israel. This species inhabits shifting sand dunes, with plant cover typically <10%. Juveniles emerge from June to September, go through a period of reduced activity in winter and return to full activity next spring. Large individuals (>50 mm) begin to reproduce immediately upon emergence. Smaller animals reach sexual maturity later. Average number of eggs per clutch is 2·6 (range 1-4). In captivity, females deposit one to four clutches (average 2ě3) between May and June. Maximum life expectancy of A. scutellatus in the wild is 1 year only.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)257-263
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Arid Environments
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1994

Keywords

  • Acanthodactylus scutellatus
  • activity pattern
  • clutch size
  • longevity
  • microhabitat selection
  • reproductive ecology

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