Ecologia e história natural das serpentes de uma área de Caatinga no nordeste brasileiro

  • Paulo C.M.D. Mesquita Universidade Federal de Santa Maria; Departamento de Zoologia; Laboratório de Herpetologia
  • Daniel C. Passos Universidade Federal do Ceará; Núcleo Regional de Ofiologia
  • Diva M. Borges-Nojosa Universidade Federal do Ceará; Núcleo Regional de Ofiologia
  • Sonia Z. Cechin Universidade Federal de Santa Maria; Departamento de Zoologia; Laboratório de Herpetologia

Abstract

We studied a snake assemblage from an area of Caatinga with shrub and tree vegetation to describe the natural history of the snake species. A total of 636 individuals among 22 species from four families were recorded. The distribution of species abundances is log-normal; and the composition presents typical species from the Caatinga, with Oxybelis aeneus (Wagler, 1824) and Philodryas nattereri Steindachner, 1870 being the most common. The natural history of each species is described based on information regarding activity patterns, diet, habitat use, reproduction, and defensive repertoire obtained during the study, as well as on information available in the literature. The study area is located in a priority region for conservation and our results emphasize that conservation policies should be implemented in the region.

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Published
2013-01-01
How to Cite
Mesquita, P., Passos, D., Borges-Nojosa, D., & Cechin, S. (2013). Ecologia e história natural das serpentes de uma área de Caatinga no nordeste brasileiro . Papéis Avulsos De Zoologia, 53(8), 99-113. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0031-10492013000800001
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