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First action plan in 25 years aims to save Australia’s snakes and lizards from extinction

Source: phys.org

The status of Australian snakes and lizards has deteriorated significantly over the past two decades, with the number of species assessed as threatened nearly doubling from 1993 to 2017.

Now, a team of scientists, led by Monash University researchers, has developed a roadmap to stop the decline with a comprehensive plan titled The Action Plan for Australian Lizards and Snakes 2017, published by CSIRO Publishing. It represents the consensus of 44 experts in the conservation of Australia’s reptiles.

“More than 96% of Australia’s 1020 species of lizards and snakes are found nowhere else in the world,” said Action Plan lead contributor Associate Professor David Chapple, from the Monash University School of Biological Sciences. MORE

Header image: Morelia-oenpelliensis. Credit: Stewart Macdonald.

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