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Conserving The Puerto Rican Herpetofauna

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The herpetofauna of Puerto Rico consists of 25 species of amphibians and 56 species of reptiles. This chapter describes some of the present studies directed towards the conservation of Puerto Rican herpetofauna. Eleutherodactylus karlschmidti, E. jasperi and E. eneidae have not been seen or heard since 1976, 1981 and 1990, respectively, and are extinct. Among reptiles, the first conservation efforts to protect Epicrates inornatus were limited to trying to halt collection and hunting. However, current strategies to preserve the boa include gathering basic biological information, habitat conservation, and educational outreach. A reforestation project aimed at recovering a local herpetofaunal assemblage after disturbances in a limestone valley in northern Puerto Rico is discussed. As population sizes of common colonizers such as Eleutherodactylus and Anolis increased. The chapter discusses the Mona Island marine turtle monitoring program and compares to other similar programs in Puerto Rico.

Keywords: Anolis; Eleutherodactylus; Epicrates inornatus; habitat conservation; Mona Island marine turtle monitoring program; Puerto Rican Herpetofauna



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