Articles | Volume 20, issue 2
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04 Dec 2020
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Life in the suburbs: artificial heat source selection for nocturnal thermoregulation in a diurnally active tropical lizard

NioKing Amadi, Robert Belema, Harrison Obodo Chukwu, Daniele Dendi, Amuzie Chidinma, Roger Meek, and Luca Luiselli

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Cited articles

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Akani, G. C., Luiselli, L., Eniang, E. A., and Rugiero, L.: Life in the tropical suburbs: Food type partitioning among sympatric African house snakes of the genus Lamprophis (Colubridae), Ital. J. Zool., 75, 395–399,, 2008. 
Akani, G. C., Petrozzi, F., Rugiero, L., Segniagbeto, G. H., and Luiselli, L.: Effects of rainfall and geography on the comparative diets of eight rainbow lizard populations across Togo, Benin and Nigeria (West Africa), Amphibia-Reptilia, 34, 185-192,, 2013. 
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The rapid expansion of urban environments invariably presents a novel series of pressures on wildlife due to changes in environmental factors. In reptiles, any changes in temperature may be critical for their thermal ecology. How reptiles adapt to such changes may vary from those species that are impacted negatively to others that have the behavioural flexibility to exploit new conditions. This paper describes a behaviour change in in the African lizard, Agama agama.