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Vehicular impact on Varanus bengalensis (Daudin, 1803) around the roads of Girnar Eco-Sensitive Zones

Jay K. Chudasama & Jatin V. Raval*
Zoology Lab, Department of Life Sciences, Bhakta Kavi Narsinh Mehta University, Junagadh, Gujarat, India
Received : 13th November, 2022 ; Revised : 14th December, 2022

AbstractVaranus bengalensis a monitor lizard found all over India. The study focused on the threats faced by this species due to vehicle traffic. The study was conducted in Girnar Eco-sensitive zones and utilized two survey methods: Visual Encounter Survey (VES) to study habitat utilization and Nocturnal Road Cruising to collect road kill data for a year (Oct-21 to Sept-22). The study reveals that crossing road pose a significant risk to the species, with 18 individuals found dead on the road. Furthermore, 31 individuals were seen basking or wandering near the roadside, emphasizing the importance of preserving such habitats for their survival. The findings of this study suggests that further conservation efforts are necessary to protect this species from road mortality. This study emphasizes the importance of protecting this species and its habitats to ensure its long-term survival.

Key words: Varanus bengalensis, Eco-sensitive zones, Girnar wildlife sanctuary, Road kill.

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