Survival estimation in a long-lived monitor lizard: radio-tracking of Varanus mertensi

@article{Smith2009SurvivalEI,
  title={Survival estimation in a long-lived monitor lizard: radio-tracking of Varanus mertensi},
  author={J. Smith and A. D. Griffiths and B. Brook},
  journal={Population Ecology},
  year={2009},
  volume={52},
  pages={243-247}
}
  • J. Smith, A. D. Griffiths, B. Brook
  • Published 2009
  • Biology
  • Population Ecology
  • The population dynamics of varanids (large monitor lizards) is poorly understood. We report on the most detailed study to date of a population of one of Australia’s largest semi-aquatic varanids, Varanus mertensi. Survival of V. mertensi was derived from known-fate modelling of radio-tracked individuals over two and a half years. We demonstrate empirically what intuition suggests; that apparent survival probability in long-lived lizards is high over short sampling periods, with body size and… CONTINUE READING
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