R. Janardana Rao, Dr. I. S. Chakrapani, Dr. M. Rajasekhar
Abstract: Mabuya carinata (Schneider, 1801) is the keeled grass skink, commonly observed in our surroundings. This scincid lizard is of least concern according to the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972. But it is alarming that population of this species is fast dwindling in different parts of the country. Mabuya is an efficient bio-indicator and plays an important role in food web of terrestrial ecosystems. The present study aims at assessment of population dynamics of this precious animal in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. Line transect and direct counting methods were adopted. Statistical analysis was done by using MS Office Excel 2007. The results show that there is drastic decline in the population of Mabuya from 2011 to 2015 at an alarming rate. Threats for the conservation of this animal are examined and remedial measure suggested.
Keywords: Mabuya, Bio-indicator, Scinicds