The effects of Glyphosate based herbicides on lizards

Submitted by shelley.fischer on Wed, 02/10/2013 - 09:25

Glyphosate-based herbicides are one of DOC's most commonly used herbicides. However, glyphosate-based formulations that also contain the surfactant polyethoxylated tallow amine (POEA) have been found to change skinks' thermoregulatory behaviour and possibly cause slower sprint speeds. Based on this research, it is recommended that glyphosate formulations containing POEA (e.g. Roundup) should not be used in areas that are inhabited by rare or threatened lizard species.