Short-term effects of prescribed fire on lizards in mesquite-ashe juniper vegetation in central texas

  • Published source details Radke N.J., Wester D.B., Perry G. & Rideout-Hanzak S. (2008) Short-term effects of prescribed fire on lizards in mesquite-ashe juniper vegetation in central texas. Applied Herpetology, 5, 281-292.


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Use prescribed burning: Grassland & shrubland

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Reptile Conservation
  1. Use prescribed burning: Grassland & shrubland

    A replicated, randomized, controlled, paired study in 2004 in juniper and mesquite shrublands in central Texas, USA (Radke et al. 2008) found that after prescribed burning, lizard captures were similar to unburned plots. Lizard captures were statistically similar in burned (8 lizards/plot) compared to unburned plots (4 lizards/plot). Low intensity prescribed burns were carried out in 0.2 ha plots, paired with unburned plots, in four locations on a former livestock ranch in February 2004. Lizards were surveyed using arboreal pitfall (1 m long, 8 cm diameter PVC tubes), glueboards (stapled to trees) and drift fences (one/plot) and terrestrial glueboards (a 4 x 4 grid 5 m around each arboreal trap) for four trapping sessions in March–August 2004 (152 traps and 5,908 total trap nights). 

    (Summarised by: Maggie Watson, Katie Sainsbury)

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