Campbell’s Bromeliad Skink


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Many species of reptiles and amphibians have very specialized ways of life, and this is mostly due to their long evolution history and specialisation within certain habitats. Whenever these habitats are threatened in any way, the species living there will decline in numbers and so will all biodiversity. This unfortunately, is the biggest problem for the Campbell’s bromeliad skink, the logging of trees in their range have had an enormous impact on their numbers.

The trees in which these animals live, are also very important as corridors to get these lizards from point A to point B. This migratory behaviour is crucial for their reproductive biology and partner selection.

Monica Torres is a Guatemalan based biologist that works to protect this species by planting trees in the natural habitat of these skinks, thereby restoring their habitat and breeding opportunities.

The upside of these types of “rewilding” projects is the opportunity to get the local population involved and will have a great conservation impact on all species living there as well.

Due to these reasons, the Herpetofauna foundation is very proud to be able to support this project.