RODENT STICKY TRAP DOMESTIC ACCIDENT

I have heard of the use of sticky traps for studying lizards, though a colleague told me they seem to be of uncertain safety for anoles, as his recapture records were almost nonexistant.

This morning we gave up the “bio-warfare” of feline infantry to a recent rodent invader to the house, and had to put this trap last night inside the house, this morning finding the intruder caught in it (juvenile Rattus sp.), but the domestic service lady put it for a minute in the backyard when not long after an Anolis distichus was also caught, probably in the seek of captured flies (see photos). She  then called me and I used an old trick, pouring (vegetable) oil in the prey in order to make it come loose from the glue.IMG_1444

Could the oil create a thermic or clinging capability problem to the lizard? It obviously forms a coating above scales, hence I rubbed it with napkins and then placed it back to its favorite microhabitat (trunk bark) for it to bask and recovery.

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The lizard (38 mm SVL) was toe-clipped and marked in the belly and put back to the backyard. Hopefully we can have a recapture in some days (if cats and sparrows don’t get it first)

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About Hispanioland

Amateur naturalist, Photographer, Eco-tour guide/leader
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