Tuesday, 31 March 2020

In Nepal, the biology and conservation status of Varanus flavescens is poorly known. Hence we undertook direct visual and indirect (questionnaire) surveys to assess the presence of monitor lizards across four areas of Chitwan to aid in assessing their conservation status. The species was reported present in all four surveyed areas. Mostly, the species was directly observed associated with agricultural land. Illegal hunting for meat and skin, habitat degradation and disturbance, particularly in patchy forests adjoining the agricultural land, appear to be the most significant threats to V. flavescens in the areas surveyed. In order to ensure the long-term survival of the species, it is essential to develop an adequate conservation strategy and have effective law enforcement to stop poaching.




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