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An Introduction To The Herpetofauna Of Antigua, Barbuda And Redonda, With Some Conservation Recommendations

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The low-lying and largely sedimentary islands of Antigua and Barbuda formed a single island as recently as 12,000 years ago and exhibit a similar herpetofauna with high endemicity. At least four terrestrial species are endemic to the Antigua and Barbuda bank: Alsophis antiguae, Ameiva griswoldi, Anolis wattsi, Sphaerodactylus elegantulus, and five are lesser Antillean endemics. Centuries of forest clearance, overgrazing and development, coupled with the introduction of small Asian mongooses, black rats and other alien invasive species, has endangered many of the nations wildlife, and at least four indigenous reptiles have been extirpated. Recent moves to enlarge the nations protected area network are encouraging, but need to be supported with stronger legislation and proper investment in management staff and resources. This chapter presents conservation recommendations and describes two projects that have adopted innovative approaches to save the most endangered reptiles-the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Project and the Antiguan Racer Conservation Project.

Keywords: Alsophis antiguae; Antigua; Antiguan Racer Conservation Project; Barbuda; herpetofauna; Jumby Bay Hawksbill Project



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