Food habits of sympatric pitvipers from the West Gulf Coastal Plain, USA

  • Authors: Schalk, Christopher M.; Trees, Toni; Pierce, Joshua B.; Rudolph, D. Craig
  • Publication Year: 2018
  • Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
  • Source: Herpetological Review · March 2018

Abstract

Widespread species that occupy multiple communities exhibit geographic variation in their natural history due to the ecological context of the local community. An animal’s food habitats are a central component to understanding its natural history and ecological role within its community—information that is critical to understanding resource needs of a species, mechanisms of species coexistence, and energy flow in food webs (Litvaitis 2000; Schalk et al. 2014). This information is also crucial for predicting the response of populations to changes in resource availability and, if necessary, inform mitigation strategies (Holycross and Mackessy 2002)

  • Citation: Schalk, Christopher M.; Trees, Toni; Pierce, Joshua B.; Rudolph, D. Craig. 2018. Food habits of sympatric pitvipers from the West Gulf Coastal Plain, USA. Herpetological Review. 49(1): 1–5.
  • Keywords: West Gulf Coastal Plain, pitviper, eastern copperhead, Agkistrodon contortrix, northern cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus, timber rattlesnake, Crotalus horridus, pygmy rattlesnake, Sistrurus miliarius, food habits, prey, ecology
  • Posted Date: April 16, 2018
  • Modified Date: November 1, 2018
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