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Milto K. D. Winter activity record of two lizard species in Egypt. Current Studies in Herpetology, 2022, vol. 22, iss. 1, pp. 70-72. DOI:

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Winter activity record of two lizard species in Egypt


Two Acanthodactylus boskianus and three Mesalina guttulata were recorded on the surface at day time, 12 January 2022 in the South Eastern Desert, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt. The weather was clear full day, in the middle of the day the air temperature reached +24⁰C. Lizards not only actively moved, but also demonstrated foraging behavior. This is the first documented record of winter activity of lacertids in Egypt.


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