Signs of a Healthy Ecosystem

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Reptiles are important “indicator species” of environmental health. When an ecosystem is becoming balanced you will find lizards, snakes, and turtles in abundance. They can help you know if the water and soil quality are good, they manage insect and rodent populations (especially disease-spreading rodents), they eat carrion (rotting carcasses), which helps to clear the environment. Sadhana Forest has an abundance of lizards of all kinds, a few snakes, and a rare turtle. Pictured are some of the retiles, amphibians, and insects in our community.