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Tuesday, November 3 • 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Reptile and Amphibian Survey with Focus on Fossorial Snakes of Cleburne County, Alabama

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Christopher Pellecchia, George Cline, Robert Carter, Chris Murdock –Jacksonville State University

Seven small “fossorial” snake species may be found in east-central Alabama: The Southern Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus), the Dekay’s Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi), the Northern Red-bellied Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata), the Southeastern Crowned Snake (Tantilla coronata), the Rough Earth Snake (Virginia striatula), the Smooth Earth Snake (Virginia valeriae), and the Worm Snake (Carphophis amoenus). These smaller, secretive snakes and their roles in the herpetofaunal communities are often overlooked by larger or more dangerous species. This study will be to focus a population survey on these seven species at Boy Scouts of America’s Camp Seqouyah (a 1387 acre property) in Cleburne Co, Alabama. Pitfall traps, drift fences, and coverboards have been placed at six sites (three upland and three lowland) spread across the property to facilitate monitoring of these species. Special focus will be placed on the interactions between the rear-fanged and occasionally ophiophagus, D. punctatus, and the six other target species. All species of reptiles and amphibians recorded as “by-catch” during this survey will be recorded and used to update state and county records of this region of Alabama.

Tuesday November 3, 2015 1:00pm - 1:20pm EST
Ballroom Salon B

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