Vol. 2, Issue 6 (2017)
Observations on some breeding parameters of Kashmir rock agama (Laudakia tuberculata Hardwicke & Gray, 1827) from Teetwal Kupwara (Jammu & Kashmir), India
Author(s): Mehraj Bashir, Bilal A Bhat, Abdul Lateef Khanday, Mustahson F Fazili, Fayaz Ahmad
Abstract: The observations on some breeding parameters of Laudakia tuberculata Hardwicke & Gray, 1827 were carried out in a small pocket of Northwestern Himalaya namely Teetwal in district Kupwara of Jammu & Kashmir from April to September, 2015. The site was selected because of the frequent sightings of lizard. The breeding season started in April and lasted till August. The males were territorial. The lizard was found to be polygamous. The eggs were laid at a single time and the nest was then plugged with soil. The dimensions of seven unhatched eggs (length 1.90 (± 0.94) cm and width 1.0 (± 0.84) cm in) were recorded in the last week of September. Incubation period observed were 39.10 (± 3.07 SD) days. The hatchlings were seen in August and early September. The emergence of hatchlings from 20 nests indicates that clutch size could be around five to seven. The hatchlings were very small and lean and measures 7.60 (± 1.06 SD) cm in length. The average body length of adult males is about 28 (± 2.22 SD) cm and in case of females 21.65 (± 1.34 SD) cm. Results obtained in the present study are promising and indicate that the breeding season coincided with the increasing temperature (required by the eggs for hatching) and availability of more food required by the hatchlings.
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