Effects of fragmentation on the spatial ecology of the California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis californiae)

Journal of Herpetology
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Abstract

We investigated the spatial ecology of the California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis californiae) in unfragmented and fragmented habitat with varying patch sizes and degrees of exposure to urban edges. We radiotracked 34 Kingsnakes for up to 3 yr across four site types: interior areas of unfragmented ecological reserves, the urbanized edge of these reserves, large habitat fragments, and small habitat fragments. There was no relationship between California Kingsnake movements and the degree of exposure to urban edges and fragmentation. Home range size and movement patterns of Kingsnakes on edges and fragments resembled those in unfragmented sites. Average home-range size on each site type was smaller than the smallest fragment in which snakes were tracked. The persistence of California Kingsnakes in fragmented landscapes may be related directly to their small spatial movement patterns, home-range overlap, and ability to use urban edge habitat.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Effects of fragmentation on the spatial ecology of the California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis californiae)
Series title Journal of Herpetology
DOI 10.1670/13-014
Volume 49
Issue 3
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Publisher location Athens, OH
Contributing office(s) Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center
Description 8 p.
First page 420
Last page 427
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N