Bioscience

Some reptile species show signs of decline

October 11, 2010

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: Arizona Daily Star] – Many lizard and snake species populations are crashing at Organ Pipe National Monument, researchers have found.

The declines match a recently discovered global decline in snakes and lizards that scientists say could be linked to climate change.

University of Arizona research scientist Phil Rosen said his analysis found 50 percent declines in eight snake species and a half-dozen lizard species that he has trapped for 22 years at Organ Pipe Monument, about 140 miles southwest of Tucson.

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