Antalya’s Belek and Kaş districts, Muğla’s Fethiye, Göcek, Köyceğiz, Dalyan and Trabzon’s Çaykara district will host the project, which will be overseen by scientists. It will also be the most comprehensive study of reptiles endemic to Turkey.
They seek to improve living conditions for reptiles by observing the risks their habitat poses or faces. The two-year project will also serve as a census for reptiles.
Authorities aim to collect data about the population density of reptiles, changes in their population, habitats and the potential impact of climate change on the species. The tracking will also help in the creation of wildlife corridors for reptiles.
Scientists will tap into telemetry technology to track the reptiles, which will be fitted with the microchips in the early hours of the morning when their body temperatures are lower. The majority of reptile species are highly sensitive to altered temperatures, something climate change accelerated. They depend on steady environmental temperatures to maintain critical physiological processes. Some are already feeling the impact of climate change, like the Anatolian meadow viper.