Heat, safety or solitude? Using habitat selection experiments to identify a lizard's priorities

  title={Heat, safety or solitude? Using habitat selection experiments to identify a lizard's priorities},
  author={S Downes and Richard Shine},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
Laboratory experiments with a rock-dwelling nocturnal gecko, Oedura lesueurii, showed that retreat-site selection (and other behaviours) are affected by the interplay between thermal benefits, social advantages and avoidance of predators. Velvet geckos were highly selective in habitat choice: they preferred artificial retreat-sites that mimic the thermal properties of natural rocks in full sun rather than those that mimic rocks in full shade; mature male geckos rarely shared retreat-sites with… 

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