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Artificial refuges created to save the reptiles of Dońana, Spain

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December 2, 2009
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The Aznalcóllar mining accident more than 11 years ago, which contaminated part of the Dońana National Park, also damaged reptile habitat there. Now a team of Spanish researchers, who have been studying the reptile community since 2000, have shown, by setting up artificial refuges, that the disappearance of natural refuges had a serious impact on lizard and snake numbers.

Timon lepidus, a type of lizard. The Aznalcóllar mining accident more than 11 years ago, which contaminated part of the Dońana National Park, also damaged reptile habitat there. Now researchers, who have been studying the reptile community by setting up artificial refuges, show that the disappearance of natural refuges had a serious impact on lizard and snake numbers.
Credit: Juan M. Pleguezuelos

The Aznalcóllar mining accident more than 11 years ago, which contaminated part of the Dońana National Park, also damaged reptile habitat there. Now a team of Spanish researchers, who have been studying the reptile community since 2000, have shown, by setting up artificial refuges, that the disappearance of natural refuges had a serious impact on lizard and snake numbers.


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  1. Márquez-Ferrando et al. Recovering the Reptile Community after the Mine-Tailing Accident of Aznalcóllar (Southwestern Spain). Restoration Ecology, 2009; 17 (5): 660 DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-100X.2008.00404.x

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