Captive Longevity in Lacerta laevis laevis (Reptilia: Sauria): Hypothetical Effects of Sex, Temperature and Climate

Yael Bogin, Nomi Por Efrati, Yehudah L. Werner


Under uniform laboratory conditions, wild-caught Lacerta laevis laevis Gray (Reptilia: Sauria) that had originated from a warmer environment appeared to live longer than those that had originated from a cooler environment (in both groups, males appeared to live longer than females). In this first discussion of potential factors of longevity in Lacertidae, this observation is considered in relation to literature data from two aspects: (a) direct temperature effects on physiological longevity of ectotherms, especially fish; (b) climatic effects on demography and age structure of lizard populations in the wild.


lizard; life span; sex; temperature; climate; Israel

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