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Small Mammals, Reptiles, and AmphibiansAuthor(s): Bryce Rickel
Source: In: Finch, Deborah M., Editor. 2005. Assessment of grassland ecosystem conditions in the Southwestern United States: wildlife and fish—volume 2. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-135-vol. 2. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 35-70
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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DescriptionThis chapter focuses on small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians that inhabit the grasslands within the Southwestern Region of the USDA Forest Service. The chapter is not intended to be an all inclusive list of species, but rather to address the species that play important roles in grassland ecosystems and that often are associated with the management of grasslands. Among the larger rodents discussed here are prairie dogs and pocket gophers. The small rodents include deer mice, voles, kangaroo rats, and pocket mice. Nonrodent species described in this chapter include the endangered black-footed ferret, as well as cottontail rabbits, jackrabbits, and bats. The herpetofauna include turtles and tortoises, lizards, snakes, frogs, toads, and salamanders.
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CitationRickel, Bryce. 2005. Small Mammals, Reptiles, and Amphibians. In: Finch, Deborah M., Editor. 2005. Assessment of grassland ecosystem conditions in the Southwestern United States: wildlife and fish—volume 2. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-135-vol. 2. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 35-70
Keywordsgrasslands, ecological assessment, Southwestern United States, ecosystem conditions, wildlife, fish, birds, mammals, Arizona, New Mexico, small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, grassland ecosystems, rodents, nonrodent, herpetofauna
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