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Composition and Natural History of Snakes from Eta Farm region, Sete Barras, south-eastern Brazil

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Fiorillo, Bruno F. [1] ; da Silva, Bruno R. [2] ; Menezes, Frederico Alcantara [3] ; Marques, V, Otavio A. ; Martins, Marcio [4]
Total Authors: 5
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Programa Posgrad Ecol Aplicada, Ecola Super Agr Luiz de Queiroz, Piracicaba 13418900, SP - Brazil
[2] Inst Butantan, Lab Colegies Zool, Av Vital Brazil 1500, Sao Paulo 05503900, SP - Brazil
[3] Univ Fed Vicosa, Dept Biol Anim, Ave PH Rolfs S-N, Campus Univ, Vicosa 36571000, MG - Brazil
[4] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Biociencias, Dept Ecol, Sao Paulo 05508090, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: ZOOKEYS; n. 931, p. 115-153, APR 30 2020.
Web of Science Citations: 0

Approximately 140 snake species are known to occur in the Atlantic Forest with nearly half being endemic to this ecoregion. However, the Atlantic forest is one of the most threatened tropical ecoregions, with only 16% of its original area remaining as forest. This extensive habitat loss must have had a negative effect on its snake fauna. Indeed, 53% of the threatened snakes of Brazil occur in the Atlantic forest. Therefore, basic natural history information that can potentially contribute to the conservation of Atlantic forest snakes are urgently needed. Here the natural history of a snake assemblage at Eta Farm region, Sete Barras municipality, south-eastern Brazil is described, and a visual guide and an identification key provided that can be used by researchers and local people to identify snakes from this region. Most of the species found in the field use both open areas and forests, are primarily terrestrial, present diurnal activity, and include frogs in their diet. A higher number of enlarged follicles, eggs, and/or embryos were recorded during the warm and rainy season. Seventeen different types of defensive tactics were recorded in the species found in the field. This study provides useful information for understanding the structure of snake assemblages of the Atlantic Forest and is potentially useful for conservation assessments and for designing conservation plans. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 14/23267-5 - Ecology and natural history of anuran amphibians community of Sete Barras, south of São Paulo state
Grantee:Carolina Sconfienza Faria
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
FAPESP's process: 11/50206-9 - Origin and evolution of snakes and their diversification in the Neotropics: a multidisciplinary approach
Grantee:Hussam El Dine Zaher
Support type: BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 14/11855-0 - Ecology and natural history of snakes of Atlantic Forest at Sete Barras, south of São Paulo
Grantee:Bruno Ferreto Fiorillo
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master