Reptilian and amphibian communal nests


This video from Canada is called Long Point Basin Land Trust – Help Reptiles – Build a Nesting Box.

From ScienceDaily:

Why Solitary Reptiles Lay Eggs In Communal Nests

(Sep. 2, 2009) — Reptiles are not known to be the most social of creatures. But when it comes to laying eggs, female reptiles can be remarkably communal, often laying their eggs in the nests of other females. New research in the September issue of The Quarterly Review of Biology suggests that this curiously out-of-character behavior is far more common in reptiles than was previously thought.

Dr. J. Sean Doody (The Australian National University) and colleagues, Drs. Steve Freedberg and J. Scott Keogh, performed an exhaustive review of literature on reptile egg-laying. They found that communal nesting has been reported in 255 lizard species as well as many species of snakes and alligators. The behavior was also documented in 136 amphibian species.

Common lizards in the Netherlands: here.

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