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Food habits of sympatric pitvipers from the West Gulf Coastal Plain, USAAuthor(s): Christopher M. Schalk; Toni Trees; Joshua B. Pierce; D. Craig Rudolph
Source: Herpetological Review · March 2018
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: Southern Research Station
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DescriptionWidespread 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)
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CitationSchalk, 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.
KeywordsWest Gulf Coastal Plain, pitviper, eastern copperhead, Agkistrodon contortrix, northern cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus, timber rattlesnake, Crotalus horridus, pygmy rattlesnake, Sistrurus miliarius, food habits, prey, ecology
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