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A Preliminary Study of the Ecology of the Crocodile Monitor Lizard Varanus salvadorii Print E-mail

 andreas croc monitor 300.jpg The crocodile monitor, Varanus salvadorii, is one of the largest and most enigmatic lizards in the world, but virtually nothing is known about its natural history and ecology. Previous attempts to study the animals have not been successful, so although it is regularly seen in captivity it remains almost unknown in the wild. This study aims to demonstrate the feasibility of detailed studies of the ecology of crocodile monitors by employing high effort camera trapping in an area known to be occupied by the lizards. The project costs are minimised because field work will be conducted alongside an existing project at Variarata National Park, Papua New Guinea. During February 2020 we will set camera traps in places likely to be used by the lizards, which will be maintained by local rangers for at least a year. The success of the project depends on adequate camera trapping effort, and we need funding to buy camera traps. The preferred device for this project is the Reconyx Hyperfire 2 Covert IR, which costs about $450 in the UK.  We hope to set 26 of these devices, which will allow almost 10,000 days of camera trapping over the year.  Please considering sponsoring a camera, or part of a camera, to help us learn more about this extraordinary animal.

  Click here for full details of the project. Image courtesy of Andreas Iosifakis.

 
 

 

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Butaan start to visit fruiting trees before they are large enough to swallow the fruits. They make repeat journeys to trees, perhaps to reinforce memory of the position of the tree. If the youngster survives it may continue to use this tree for many decades. Fruiting trees like this are a vital resource for entire populations of butaan. Learn more >


 
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butaan4.jpgWe tape spool and line devices to butaan that have been caught and release them at the exact point of capture as soon as possible. Spool and line data gives us a detailed account of the animals' movementes for a few hours, days or weeks after release.  We have also used spool and line very effectively on other animals, including the endemic Polillo forest snail Helicostyla portei
 

 

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