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Table 1 Species specific habitat preference and mortality density in mortalities ha−1, and number in parentheses. Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa, 13 and 14 August and 14 October 2015

From: Fire-associated reptile mortality in Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa

Habitat preferenceSpeciesDensity of mortalities ha−1 (and count)
Fire AFire BFire C
Strictly fossorialCape centipede-eater (Aparallactus capensis, A. Smith 1849)0 (0)0.39 (1)2.5 (2)
De Coster's garter snake (Elapsoidea sundevallii decosteri, Boulenger 1888)0.39 (1)0 (0)1.25 (1)
Eastern purple-glossed snake (Amblyodipsas m. microphthalma, Bianconi 1850)0 (0)0 (0)1.25 (1)
Maputaland legless skink (Acontias auranticus parietalis, Broadley 1990)0.39 (1)0.77 (2)0 (0)
Jan's shovel-snout (Prosymna janii, Bianconi 1862)0.39 (1)0 (0)3.75 (3)
Zululand dwarf burrowing skink (Scelotes arenicolus, Peters 1854)0.39 (1)0 (0)7.5 (6)
FossorialEastern sand skink (Trachylepis depressa, Peters 1854)0.39 (1)1.92 (5)25 (20)
Wahlberg's snake-eyed skink (Panaspis wahlbergi, A. Smith 1849)0 (0)0 (0)2.5 (2)
Surface-livingCommon house snake (Boaedon capensis, Dumeril, Bibron & Dumeril 1854)0 (0)0 (0)1.25 (1)
Yellow-throated plated lizard (Gerrhosaurus flavigularus, Wiegmann 1828)0 (0)0 (0)1.25 (1)
Short-snouted grass snake (Psammophis brevirostris, Peters 1881)0.39 (1)0 (0)0 (0)
GeneralistRhombic egg-eater (Dasypeltis scabra, Linnaeus 1758)0 (0)0.39 (1)0 (0)
Southern African python (Python natalensis, A. Smith 1840)0 (0)0.39 (0)0 (0)
ArborealCape dwarf gecko (Lygodactylus capensis, Smith 1849)0 (0)0 (0)1.25 (1)
Total density of mortalities ha−1 (and count)2.31 (6)4.23 (11)46.25 (37)
Area of the burn scar (ha)300180300
Area surveyed within the burn scar (ha)2.62.60.8