National Park Service

South Florida/Caribbean I&M Network (SFCN)

Reptile Monitoring in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Protocol

The SFCN reptiles in the U.S. Virgin Islands monitoring protocol development is deferred due to insufficient funding.

Resource Briefs, Reports, and Data

There are currently no additional SFCN resource briefs, reports, or data concerning this monitoring topic.

Importance/Issues

Reptiles are important top predators in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Reptiles as a group are not as transient as birds, the other top island predators; therefore, understanding the status of the island reptiles should indicate if overall terrestrial island management is appropriate for the higher trophic species. Additionally, the St. Croix Ground Lizard is a federally listed endangered species due to habitat destruction and BUIS is targeted as a site for establishing a new population in 2008.

Monitoring Objectives

  • What are the status and trends in the distribution and abundance (or proportion of area occupied) by native and non-native reptile species at VIIS and SARI?
  • What will be the status and trends of the St. Croix Ground Lizard, Ameiva polops, once the population is introduced to BUIS in 2008?

Approach

Deferred due to insufficient funds/staff time . SFCN will provide some assistance in protocol development, data analysis and management to Buck Island Reef National Monument (BUIS) for relocation of St. Croix Ground Lizard, Ameiva polops. BUIS will be responsible for monitoring reintroduction success.

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