Vol 13 Num 1




Diversity, activity patterns, and habitat use of the snake fauna of Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park in Central Brazil

Frederico Gustavo Rodrigues França

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

Vívian da Silva Braz

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

keywords
snakes, assemblage, ecology, Brazilian Cerrado

publication date: 01-28-2013





Abstract
Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park (CVNP) in central Brazil is one of the most important protected areas of Brazilian Cerrado yet the diversity that this park harbors remains unknown for many taxa. From 2006 to 2009, we studied the snake assemblage of CVNP to determine the species composition, abundance, seasonal and daily activity patterns, morphology, and habitat use. We documented 47 snake species from seven families within CVNP, with the most common species being Bothrops  marmoratus , Oxyrhopus  trigeminus , Crotalus  durissus  and Bothrops  moojeni . The incidence of snakes was highly seasonal and appeared to be associated mainly with rainfall. Daily activity patterns revealed that the majority of snakes are strictly diurnal, whereas others are nocturnal or active during both periods. Species richness estimators suggest that more snake species than the 47 we documented likely occur within CVNP, indicating that it harbors one of the richest snake faunas among South American open biomes studied to date.

how to quote this paper
França, F. G. R and Braz, V. da S. Diversity, activity patterns, and habitat use of the snake fauna of Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park in Central Brazil. Biota Neotrop.  Jan/Mar 2013 vol. 13, no. 1 https://www.biotaneotropica.org.br/v13n1/en/abstract?article+bn01313012013 ISSN 1676-0603.

Cited species
check for this species in other resources Bothrops  marmoratus 
check for this species in other resources Bothrops  moojeni 
check for this species in other resources Crotalus  durissus 
check for this species in other resources Oxyrhopus  trigeminus 



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