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Diversity, activity patterns, and habitat use of the snake fauna of Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park in Central Brazil

Diversidade, padrões de atividade, e uso de habitat da fauna de serpentes do Parque Nacional da Chapada dos Veadeiros no Brasil Central

Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park (CVNP) in central Brazil is one of the most important protected areas of Brazilian Cerrado yet the diversity that this park harbors remains unknown for many taxa. From 2006 to 2009, we studied the snake assemblage of CVNP to determine the species composition, abundance, seasonal and daily activity patterns, morphology, and habitat use. We documented 47 snake species from seven families within CVNP, with the most common species being Bothrops marmoratus, Oxyrhopus trigeminus, Crotalus durissus and Bothrops moojeni. The incidence of snakes was highly seasonal and appeared to be associated mainly with rainfall. Daily activity patterns revealed that the majority of snakes are strictly diurnal, whereas others are nocturnal or active during both periods. Species richness estimators suggest that more snake species than the 47 we documented likely occur within CVNP, indicating that it harbors one of the richest snake faunas among South American open biomes studied to date.

snakes; assemblage; ecology; Brazilian Cerrado


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