Vol 12 Num 3




Composition of a snake assemblage inhabiting an urbanized area in the Atlantic Forest of Paraíba State, Northeast Brazil

Rafaela Cândido de França

Universidade Federal da Paraíba
Centro de Ciências Aplicadas e Educação, Departamento de Engenharia e Meio Ambiente, CEP 58297-000, Rio Tinto, PB, Brasil
Carlos Eduardo de Souza Germano

Universidade Federal da Paraíba
Centro de Ciências Aplicadas e Educação, Departamento de Engenharia e Meio Ambiente, CEP 58297-000, Rio Tinto, PB, Brasil
Frederico Gustavo Rodrigues França

Universidade Federal da Paraíba
Centro de Ciências Aplicadas e Educação, Departamento de Engenharia e Meio Ambiente, CEP 58297-000, Rio Tinto, PB, Brasil
email: fredericofranca@me.com

keywords
Snakes, Paraíba, Urban Herpetology, Anthropogenic Areas

publication date: 07-17-2012





Abstract
The Atlantic Forest of Brazil is one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world, but also one of the most highly threatened, with only around six percent of its original cover remaining. Despite the increase in the number of studies on the ecology of Brazilian snakes during the last two decades, there are still very few works on snake assemblages in the Northeast region and almost nothing about snakes inhabiting urbanized areas in Atlantic Forest domain. Herein we describe the snake assemblage from the urban area of Rio Tinto city in Paraíba State, Northeast Brazil. We present data on composition, distribution and some natural history. Also, we compare the snake diversity of the urban area with the diversity in two nearby natural patches. We recorded 161 individuals of 25 species in 16 genera from the urban area of Rio Tinto and the most common species were Helicops  angulatus , Bothrops  leucurus , Epicrates  assisi , and Philodryas  patagoniensis . Most snake species were non-venomous, but some venomous snakes were abundant in the urban area and people must be cautious when dealing with these. Rarefaction curves did not reach stability and new species should be added to the Rio Tinto snake list in future studies.

how to quote this paper
França, R. C.; Germano, C. E. S. and França, F. G. R. Composition of a snake assemblage inhabiting an urbanized area in the Atlantic Forest of Paraíba State, Northeast Brazil. Biota Neotrop.  Jul/Sep 2012 vol. 12, no. 3 https://www.biotaneotropica.org.br/v12n3/en/abstract?inventory+bn00612032012 ISSN 1676-0603.

Cited species
check for this species in other resources Bothrops  leucurus 
check for this species in other resources Epicrates  assisi 
check for this species in other resources Helicops  angulatus 
check for this species in other resources Philodryas  patagoniensis 



Fundação de Amparo | Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, Fapesp
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, CNPq
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