Presentation Title

Microhabitat Preferences of Snake Species at Glacier Creek Preserve

Presenter Information

Carter DollenFollow

Advisor Information

Travis Robbins

Location

MBSC Ballroom - Poster #308 - U

Presentation Type

Poster

Start Date

4-3-2022 12:30 PM

End Date

4-3-2022 1:45 PM

Abstract

Coverboards offer herpetofauna protection from predators and space to thermoregulate their body temperature. These boards also create microhabitats that are slightly different from the overall habitat. We set out to identify snake microhabitat preferences. We used ten sets of coverboards placed along a north to south transect across a riparian floodplain into lowland prairie. Each set of coverboards consisted of a wooden and metal sheet. The boards were checked a total of 12 times, 4 times each during morning, afternoon, and dusk. Snake species were identified and counted, and ambient temperatures and humidity were checked at each board. Of the four snake species found, microhabitat preferences T. sirtalis for habitat type and in S. dekayi for type of board and habitat type. Further review is necessary to understand the possible explanations for these microhabitat preferences. Understanding microhabitat preferences could result in more efficient sampling for herpetofauna and produce more accurate sampling data for conservation efforts.

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Microhabitat Preferences of Snake Species at Glacier Creek Preserve

MBSC Ballroom - Poster #308 - U

Coverboards offer herpetofauna protection from predators and space to thermoregulate their body temperature. These boards also create microhabitats that are slightly different from the overall habitat. We set out to identify snake microhabitat preferences. We used ten sets of coverboards placed along a north to south transect across a riparian floodplain into lowland prairie. Each set of coverboards consisted of a wooden and metal sheet. The boards were checked a total of 12 times, 4 times each during morning, afternoon, and dusk. Snake species were identified and counted, and ambient temperatures and humidity were checked at each board. Of the four snake species found, microhabitat preferences T. sirtalis for habitat type and in S. dekayi for type of board and habitat type. Further review is necessary to understand the possible explanations for these microhabitat preferences. Understanding microhabitat preferences could result in more efficient sampling for herpetofauna and produce more accurate sampling data for conservation efforts.