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An Overview Of Snake Conservation In The West Indies

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Non-native species are a growing worldwide conservation problem, often second only to habitat destruction and alteration as a cause of extirpations and extinctions. The number of known introductions of amphibian and reptilian species continues to grow. Herein, we document the arrival and establishment of alien amphibians and reptiles in the greater Caribbean region and the means by which they arrived. These include 130 species (25 amphibians and 105 reptiles) responsible for 364 individual introductions, of which 70.3% resulted in populations established for at least a short period. This chapter reviews the surprisingly large numbers of documented individuals exported from the Caribbean into the United States (US) and from the US to the Caribbean. It summarizes what is known about herpetological introductions in the region, the mechanisms that allow them, and their effects in this wide geographical area.

Keywords:amphibians; Caribbean region; non-native species; reptiles; United States (US)



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