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The Herpetofauna Of Barbados: Anthropogenic Impacts And Conservation Status

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A maximum of fifteen extant terrestrial species of herpetofauna are found in Barbados today. Four are endemic, three are native, and eight are introduced or probably introduced. Two lizards, Anolis sagrei and Ameiva ameiva, and two snakes Ramphotyphlops braminus and Mastigodryas bruesi are introductions that have occurred in the last few decades. Two endemics, the snake Liophis perfuscus and the gecko Phyllodactylus pulcher, while new sightings have been made of the endemic fossorial worm snake, Tetracheilostoma carlae. Both amphibian species are abundant and widely distributed; Rhinella marina, being highly invasive. The threats to terrestrial herpetofauna include habitat alteration and loss, deliberate harm, introduced species, and potentially, collection for the pet trade. Three marine turtles, Chelonia mydas, Dermochelys coriacea and Eretmochelys imbricata nest on Barbados. Nesting habitat for the large population of hawksbills, Eretmochelys imbricata, on the west and south coasts of the island is threatened by coastal development.

Keywords: Barbados; herpetofauna

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