Post fire reptile succession
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): M. A. Simovich
Publication Year: 1979

Cataloging Information

  • Adenostoma fasciculatum
  • Arctostaphylos
  • Ceanothus
  • chaparral
  • ecological niches
  • fire adaptations (animals)
  • fire injuries (plants)
  • habitat conversion
  • habitat suitability
  • habits and behavior
  • population density
  • population ecology
  • post fire recovery
  • Quercus dumosa
  • reproduction
  • reptiles
  • Sceloporus occidentalis
  • shrubs
  • southern California
  • species diversity (animals)
  • succession
  • trapping
  • Uta stansburiana
  • wildlife
  • wildlife food habits
  • wildlife management
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 35363
Tall Timbers Record Number: 9662
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
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An area of burned southern California chaparral was sampled for reptiles over a period of three years. Six species were observed the first year, ten the second year and eight the third year. As vegetation density and structure changed on a south facing slope, reptile utilization of that area changed, perhaps due to increased habitat availability. Some species showed increased abundance while other species decreased over the three years. The two most abundant lizard species (Sceloporus occidentalis and Uta stansburiana) show a pattern of possible ecological separation by temporal activity.

Simovich, M. A. 1979. Post fire reptile succession, Cal-Neva Wildlife Transactions 1979. p. 104-113,