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Studies on the garden lizard

Garden lizard is an interesting animal to study. All the work is carried out at the MCBT campus, but you have to become a real pro at noosing them! Different tools such as; fishing line, thread, and colours influence capture success. Nooses do not hurt the lizards, as long as you make sure you do not entangle the caught lizard in nearby thorny bushes. Males are larger than females. They look very similar when they are juveniles. In this study, we use a Capture-Mark-Recapture (CMR) model to estimate abundance of the animals in our campus. One of our ex-volunteer found an estimate of 85 individuals at Croc Bank alone.

Location:
Within the 8.5-acre campus of MCBT.

What to study:
• Home range
• Body temperatures
• Size differences between males and females

Method:
• Visual identification of animals - mainly using scars or beads braided on the dorsal spines.
• Trees are marked with flagging tape and assigned numbers based on re-sightings.
• Ambient and cloacal temperatures are taken immediately following capture
• Snout-Vent Length and width are measured.

Equipment:
• Long bamboo pole
• Fishing line
• Flagging tape
• Small gauge binding wire
• Ruler
• Callipers
• Thermohydrometer
• Weighing scale.