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RE: So which species needs to be conserved?

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Posted by: FR at Sat Jun 8 21:37:39 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by FR ]  
   

I am in the other camp, monitors all over the world have shown the ability to live with man. Man likes to increase the population of rats and mice, and monitors are happy to take advantage of that.(and support insects too)

I wondered if small monitors would also take advantage, and they also did. Much like both spinytail and green iguanas do in the Americas. They are far far more common around people, even in big cities, then in undisturbed habitat.

This is true of Savs as well. They are being collected from farmlands.

Also, Savs are NOT captive bred, they take eggs from wild caught females. And the blacktree thing is pure speculation.

Whats interesting to me is, Blacktrees have been collected and exported for over 30 years. They keep exporting similar numbers and they come from one island. So it does seem sustainable. That was the concern, one island.

Monitors of all kinds take advantage of being a generalist with a huge range of prey.

Also, of the appendix 1 species, only the Komodo has a small population. All the others have huge ranges and are common thru out their range. While I love varanids, there are so many other species that are not as versatile as monitors, that are actually in need of help. Cheers


   

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