Species Richness and Abundance of Snakes in Right-of-Way Sections of State Game Lands in Central Pennsylvania, USA
Time constrained area searches were used to survey snake populations along nine sections of right-of-way (ROW) within state game lands (SGL) in Centre County, Pennsylvania: seven sections of ROW within SGL 33 and two sections within SGL 103. Each section was searched by two people for 30 minutes between 7 A.M. and 11 A.M. in June of 2020. Sections of ROW differed in their history of vegetation management and amount of available woody debris and rock cover. Five species (45 individuals) of snakes were observed in the wire-zone of the ROWs during June. Species richness was greatest in the site treated with low volume foliar and with a large quantity of rock cover. This survey suggests that ROWs utilizing Integrated Vegetation Management and selective herbicides can support a multitude of reptile species.
|Species Richness and Abundance of Snakes in Right-of-Way Sections of State Game Lands in Central Pennsylvania, USA
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|April 07, 2021
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