Population and habitat of the St lucia Whiptail Lizard on Praslin Island

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POPULATION AND HABITAT OF THE ST. LUCIA WHIPTAIL LIZARD (CNEMIDOPHORUS VANZOI) ON PRASLIN ISLAND, ST. LUCIA (WEST INDIES)

Cecil Lyndon John, Forestry Department, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries, Castries, St. Lucia West Indies, 1999.

ABSTRACT: The St. Lucia whiptail lizard (Cnemidophorus vanzoi) is an endemic saurian in the Lesser Antilles. The most recent population estimation suggests a total of 906 individuals. The whiptail has had a historically restricted range of two small offshore islands to the south of St. Lucia, Maria Major and Maria Minor. In an effort to conserve the species, a translocation of 39 individuals to Praslin Island was undertaken in 1995. Because of the proximity of the island to the mainland, the translocated population has faced several challenges from the time of establishment. My research focused on the structure of the current population including male to female and adult to juvenile ratios; gender-related biometric data; habitat use by gender and maturity; and the threat to the population posed by rats (Rattus rattus)...

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