n African Journal of Herpetology - Intraspecific behavioural variation in the lacertid lizard (Strauch, 1867) (Sauria:Lacertidae)

Volume 64, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2156-4574
  • E-ISSN: 2153-3660
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We characterised behavioural variation between adult male, adult female and juvenile , a diurnal lacertid lizard endemic to the Namib Desert. Variation in microhabitat preference was significant between age classes, as adults spent more time underneath vegetative cover than juveniles. Movement patterns varied between demographic classes as juveniles exhibited movements of higher average durations than adults overall, and spent a greater percentage of time moving than adult females. Juveniles turned their heads more often than adults; all individuals scan their surroundings more frequently in the open sand and near vegetation. An analysis of foraging behaviour indicates that exhibits relatively few movements per minute (MPM) and a wide range of percentage of time spent moving (PTM), making it difficult to categorise this species as either an ambush or active forager. Furthermore, intraspecific variation in foraging behaviour within this species exists, as adult males and juveniles exhibited higher PTM values than adult females.

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