22. Herpetological Surveys of Red Tail Land Conservancy Properties

Maurice Dantzler Ball State University, Kamal Islam Ball State University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Kamal Islam Ball State University
Reptiles and amphibians amphibians are excellent bio-indicator species that provide a benchmark for the condition of an ecosystem. Amphibians use cutaneous respiration, which allows for direct intake of air and water through their skin; any disturbance to their environments will result in the decline of amphibian species. Reptiles a wide range of diets from small mammals to vegetation; their numbers will drop if their food resources decline.. During the summer of 2018, a search and seizure method was used for the capture of reptiles and amphibians found on four Red Tail Land conservancy properties: Reber Woods, McVey Woods, White River Woods, and Fall Creek Woods. The objectives for these surveys were to 1) obtain information specific to species diversity, 2) species abundance, and 3) to create Geographic Information System maps to display where species were captured or seen on the properties. These surveys are the first to record field data for these four Red Tail Land Conservancy sites. Data from these surveys will provide Red Tail Land Conservancy information on amphibians and reptiles for species-specific management on the properties.
Sustainability, Urban Ecology & Environmental Studies
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