Preliminary observations of habitat use and movements of the eastern massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus c. catenatus)

P. J. Weatherhead, K. A. Prior

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Abstract

Within Bruce Peninsula National Park (Ontario), eastern massasauga rattlesnakes exhibited non-random use of habitat, strongly associating with wetlands and coniferous forest, and avoiding open areas (roads, trails), open water, and mixed forest. Hibernation sites also occurred in wetland and coniferous forest habitat. That snakes were disproportionately captured in open areas is presumably because they are much more easily detected there. Daily movements by transmitter-equipped snakes were frequent (60% of the time), averaging 56 m per episode (SE 12.35). Activity ranges averaged 0.25km2 (SE 0.06), with females covering significantly smaller areas than males. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-452
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Herpetology
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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