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Chloe F. Sato, Jeff T. Wood, Mellesa Schroder, Ken Green, William S. Osborne, Damian R. Michael and David B. Lindenmayer An experiment to test key hypotheses of the drivers of reptile distribution in subalpine ski resorts Journal of Applied Ecology 51

Article first published online: 16 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12168

We suggest that the retention of structural complexity on ski runs (e.g. through the cessation of mowing during peak reptile activity periods) and/or revegetation with native plant communities will concurrently provide refuge from predators and buffer against extreme temperatures, making ski runs more hospitable to reptiles. Based on our findings, we emphasize that effective management strategies targeting subalpine biodiversity conservation require an understanding of the drivers that determine species distributions in these landscapes.

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