Use of an artificial refuge for oviposition by a female ocellated lizard (Tomon lepidus) in Italy

  • Published source details Ghiglione C., Crovetto F., Maggesi M. & Maffei S. (2016) Use of an artificial refuge for oviposition by a female ocellated lizard (Tomon lepidus) in Italy. The Herpetological Bulletin, 136, 29-30.


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Create artificial refuges, hibernacula and aestivation sites

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  1. Create artificial refuges, hibernacula and aestivation sites

    A replicated study in 2013–2015 in an area of Mediterranean shrubland in Savona Province, Italy (Ghiglione et al. 2016) found that one of six artificial shelters consisting of a concrete block was used by a female ocellated lizard Timon Lepidus to lay a clutch of eggs. Two years after six artificial shelters were installed, a single female lizard laid a clutch of nine eggs in one of the shelters. Two months later the shelter was found to have been destroyed and the fate of the eggs was unknown. In 2013, six artificial shelters were installed that consisted of a hollow concrete brick (12 x 7 cm opening and 40 cm deep) camouflaged by stones and branches. Shelters were monitored in March–October: seven times in 2013, once in 2014 and twice in 2015.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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