The only way is up: Trees help reptiles thrive

phys.org | 8/10/2017 | Staff
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James Cook University researchers in Queensland say if graziers leave trees in place on their land all types of reptiles will benefit.

JCU's Heather Neilly was part of a team that looked at the effect of cattle on ground-dwelling lizards and snakes—as opposed to tree-dwelling species.

Difference - Well-being

She says the difference in well-being was marked.

"We looked at four different types of paddock near Townsville, all with different approaches to stock levels. We found that ground-based reptiles in paddocks with high numbers of cattle were heavily impacted by grazing. However, tree-dwelling reptiles were able to thrive in all of the grazing treatments, including the heavily stocked paddocks."

Benefits - Trees - Reptiles - Cover - Prospects

She said the benefits of trees extend beyond just the tree-dwelling reptiles, with more tree cover improving the prospects for ground-dwelling reptiles too.

"They often like woody debris, leaf litter and fallen logs, which further emphasises the importance of trees to ground features and...
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