Territory Stories

Recovery plan for Slater's skink, Egernia slateri. 2005 - 2010



Recovery plan for Slater's skink, Egernia slateri. 2005 - 2010


Pavey, Christopher R; Northern Territory. Department of Infrastructure, Planning And Environment; Natural Heritage Trust (Australia)


E-Publications; E-Books; PublicationNT




Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).



Table of contents

Abbreviations -- Summary -- Introduction and general requirments -- Distribution and habitat -- Known and potential threats -- Recovery objectives and criteria -- Recovery actions -- References.




Skinks -- Northern Territory; Reptiles -- Conservation -- Northern Territory; Rare Reptiles -- Australia, Central; Endangered species -- Australia -- Management; Endangered Species -- Australia, Central

Publisher name

Dept. of Infrastructure, Planning and Environment

Place of publication

Alice Springs


22 pages : map ; 30 cm.

File type


Copyright owner

Check within Publication or with content Publisher.

Related links

http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/recovery/e-slateri/index.html; http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/recovery/e-slateri/index.html [Australian Government. Dept. of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.]

Parent handle


Citation address


Page content

19 Costs ($1000s) Yr 1 Yr 2 Yr 3 Yr 4 Yr 5 Total 27.5 27.5 55.0 Action 5. Husbandry of captive population and development of reintroduction protocols. Aim To establish and maintain a captive population of Slaters Skink and to develop methods for the successful reintroduction of captive animals into the wild. Justification The causes of the decline of Slaters Skink in the wild are currently unknown and the potential threatening processes identified in this recovery plan, the spread of introduced Buffel Grass and its impact on fire regimes, are not effectively managed. Therefore, the continued persistence of Slaters Skink in the wild is uncertain. The establishment and management of an ex-situ population are important steps in the species conservation until its status in the wild is better understood. A captive population may also be used in experimental reintroductions to determine the causes of the species decline. However, a number of risks are associated with the release of captive animals into the wild including parasite transmission and movement of animals away from the release site because of inappropriate habitat or social context. Therefore, it is important that suitable reintroduction protocols are developed. The complex social structure of Egernia species means that social context is an important issue for reintroduction biology. Methods A captive breeding population will be established at the ASDP. A final decision on whether or not to do this will be made after the first field season and it will depend on the number of new populations located. Captive management will be based on a captive management strategy that will incorporate housing requirements, inbreeding control (pedigrees), optimum population size, and research needs. Research will be undertaken on the captive colony to assess the risk of parasite transmission if animals are reintroduced into the wild and to understand the appropriate social context in which reintroductions should be attempted. A set of reintroduction protocols will be developed based on the results of this research on captive animals. Stakeholders ASDP, SAM, Flinders University (Adelaide), DIPE Costs ($1000s) Yr 1 Yr 2 Yr 3 Yr 4 Yr 5 Total 35.0 35.0 35.0 35.0 140.0

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this website may contain the names, voices and images of people who have died, as well as other culturally sensitive content. Please be aware that some collection items may use outdated phrases or words which reflect the attitude of the creator at the time, and are now considered offensive.

We use temporary cookies on this site to provide functionality.
By continuing to use this site without changing your settings, you consent to our use of cookies.