A survey of the amphibians of Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina and Georgia

Southeastern Naturalist
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Abstract

From 2004 to 2006, we used a variety of sampling techniques to survey the amphibians of Savannah National Wildlife Refuge (SNWR), a large protected area straddling the lower portions of the Savannah River on the border between South Carolina and Georgia. We documented 22 amphibian species—15 frogs and 7 salamanders—with a possible 23rd species present. Species richness was lower than what might be expected from amphibian field guides of species inhabiting the adjacent Coastal Plain, likely due to a lack of specialized habitats, such as temporary ponds and upland pine forest. Amphibians occupied a variety of habitats and appeared tolerant of the mildly acidic and low-oxygen conditions of many of the wetlands. Although additional species may be found at SNWR, this initial survey provides a historic baseline for monitoring amphibian populations as areas adjacent to the refuge are disturbed, the climate changes, and multi-use management objectives are implemented within refuge boundaries.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title A survey of the amphibians of Savannah National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina and Georgia
Series title Southeastern Naturalist
DOI 10.1656/058.016.0405
Volume 16
Issue 4
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Eagle Hill Institute
Contributing office(s) Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description 17 p.
First page 529
Last page 545
Country United States
State Georgia, South Carolina
Other Geospatial Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
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