Author

Lee Hayes

Date of Award

2015

First Advisor

Thomas Coote

Second Advisor

Christopher Coggins

Third Advisor

Steven Timm

Abstract

Snake populations are declining globally due to a number of environmental factors (Gibbons et al. 2000). These declines have not been widely reported until recently, as the majority of historical evidence for their decline has been anecdotal (Winne et al. 2007). Updating and verifying anecdotal information with the use of standardized methodology is a prerequisite to understanding the scope of their decline. This thesis reviews the standard methods for inventorying snake populations and concludes with a standardized experiment for a survey of the snake species on the Simon’s Rock campus.

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