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Reptiles of Central Chernozem Reserve


Data on the distribution and biology of 5 species of reptiles of Central Chernozem Reserve (Kursk Province, Russia) – slow worm (Anguis fragilis), sand lizard (Lacerta agilis), viviparous lizard (Zootoca vivipara), common grass snake (Natrix natrix), eastern steppe viper (Pelias renardi) – are revealed. Particular attention is paid to the breeding biology of sand lizard, which lays eggs in the soil emissions of common mole rat (Spalax microphthalmus) in a meadow steppe of reserve. Distribution of forest species of reptiles in the steppe habitats is detected. New factors that determine the reduction of the number of rare species of reptiles of reserve were identified.


Central Chernozem Reserve; reptiles; sand lizard; eastern steppe viper; reproductive biology

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