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Southern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata) Fact Sheet: Population & Conservation Status

Southern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata)

Population Status

Population estimates

  • Not precisely monitored
    • Thought to exceed 100,000 (Hammerson and Hollingsworth 2007)
  • Known from hundreds of locations (Hammerson and Hollingsworth 2007)

Population trend

  • Decreasing (Hammerson and Hollingsworth 2007)

Conservation Status

IUCN Status

  • Least Concern (2007 assessment) (Hammerson and Hollingsworth 2007)


CITES Status

  • Not listed (as of Aug 2019) (UNEP 2019)

Threats to Survival

  • Development and habitat destruction
  • Fire
  • Indiscriminate killing
  • Introduced species, including cats and dogs
  • Roads cutting through pathways (Lemm 2006) although movement patterns of northern species suggest site fidelity may lessen their vulnerability to presence of roads (Rutherford and Gregory 2003)

Management Actions

  • No direct management actions currently needed
  • Thought to occur in many protected areas

Page Citations

IUCN (2008)
Lemm (2006)
Rutherford & Gregory (2003)

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