Coarse woody debris (fallen timber) is extremely important for biodiversity. It provides vital habitat, protection from predators, thermoregulation for reptiles, a nursery site for fungus, hosts insects which are an important food source, and provides important nutrient cycling in ecosystems. It can take up to 100 years to form and is detrimentally impacted by frequent fire. Reptile species richness and abundance in my study area significantly increase with increased volumes of coarse woody debris. Cunningham’s skink in its home 😊
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