Jeparit habitat

Soil for a lizard’s home

Wimmera River bank soil habitat Wimmera River bank soilDescription:       leaf litter layer over sandy silt

Location:             gentle slope of verge above steep bank of  the Wimmera River at Jeparit

Lizard Habitat Values of this river verge soil
Soil grows plants for reptile habitat (e.g. Shingleback/’Stumpy Tailed’ Lizard) providing:

Shingleback lizard using river bank  soilground cover here is salt tolerant,
leaf litter from the trees and bushes and old logs to rest in
–  and sunlit spaces from the canopy for sunlight to ‘heat up’
insects and ground cover (like Ruby Saltbush in photo left) living in this soil, its ground cover and lower plants

 Challenges of this soil providing Shingleback Lizard habitat  under processes operating naturally as management in a Park Reserve
– Soils dry out in summer reducing plant cover
– Soils may go under water in high flow and flood events, drowning any hibernating lizards
– Salinity and drought may reduce the thickness of ground level plant cover available for shelter and food resources

See more about
-the Shinglebacks and their habitat from the Australian Museum
– soil functions along the Wimmera River in these Jeparit and Lake Hindmarsh Soil Selfies
– soils supporting natural habitats in Soil Selfies from Barrett Reserve in the Wimmera, Pine Plains in the Mallee, Mt Poole in the Outback, the Styx Forest in Tasmania, and Silkeborg Forest in Denmark and in LN post

Credits: Photos and page created by Jeanie Clark, enviroed4all®, Warracknabeal, for use in education under a (cc) licence 2015

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page published 31 July 2015, updated 10 January 2016