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Conservation Of The Herpetofauna Of The Dominican Republic

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The herpetofauna of the Dominican Republic consists of 39 frogs, 110 squamates, one crocodilian, three turtles, plus four species of sea turtles. Reptilian species given formal recognition as being in need of protection include the sea turtles, the two native species of pond turtles, both species of rock iguanas, two giant galliwasps, three boids, a ground boa, and the American crocodile. Four factors largely responsible for the status of these species are: (1) small ranges, habitat specialization, and encroachment by human activities; (2) large size and economic value; (3) persecution by people who fear them; and (4) diurnally active, terrestrial, and vulnerable to predation by mongooses and other introduced mammalian predators. Although protection for a few species and for national parks in critical habitats is legislated, enforcement is sporadic and threats, mostly associated with exploitation and development, remain. Specific recommendations for the conservation of the herpetofauna are listed.

Keywords: Dominican; herpetofauna



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