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Detection of American alligators in isolated, seasonal wetlands

Detection of American alligators in isolated, seasonal wetlands Applied Herpetology 6 (2009) 199–210 www.brill.nl/ah Detection of American alligators in isolated, seasonal wetlands Amanda L. Subalusky 1 , 2 , Lora L. Smith 3 and Lee A. Fitzgerald 1 1 Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Mail Stop 2258, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843, USA 2 Corresponding author; e-mail: asubalusky@gmail.com 3 Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Route 2 Box 2324, Newton, Georgia 39870, USA Abstract Although the American alligator has been well-studied in coastal marshes and large reservoirs, very few studies have taken place in the isolated, seasonal wetlands that occur within the inland portion of the al- ligator’s range. Understanding alligator populations in these systems is important because, although they are subject to the same management strategies and regulations as their more well-studied counterparts, they may have markedly different population dynamics and densities. Additionally, understanding patterns of al- ligator presence in isolated, seasonal wetlands is important to understanding how alligators may affect these critical habitats as ecosystem engineers. However, survey methods designed for large, open water systems may not work in these small, vegetated wetlands, and their efficacy in this habitat has yet to be documented. We conducted eyeshine surveys for alligators along http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Applied Herpetology Brill

Detection of American alligators in isolated, seasonal wetlands

Applied Herpetology , Volume 6 (3): 199 – Jan 1, 2009

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© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Applied Herpetology 6 (2009) 199–210 www.brill.nl/ah Detection of American alligators in isolated, seasonal wetlands Amanda L. Subalusky 1 , 2 , Lora L. Smith 3 and Lee A. Fitzgerald 1 1 Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Mail Stop 2258, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843, USA 2 Corresponding author; e-mail: asubalusky@gmail.com 3 Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Route 2 Box 2324, Newton, Georgia 39870, USA Abstract Although the American alligator has been well-studied in coastal marshes and large reservoirs, very few studies have taken place in the isolated, seasonal wetlands that occur within the inland portion of the al- ligator’s range. Understanding alligator populations in these systems is important because, although they are subject to the same management strategies and regulations as their more well-studied counterparts, they may have markedly different population dynamics and densities. Additionally, understanding patterns of al- ligator presence in isolated, seasonal wetlands is important to understanding how alligators may affect these critical habitats as ecosystem engineers. However, survey methods designed for large, open water systems may not work in these small, vegetated wetlands, and their efficacy in this habitat has yet to be documented. We conducted eyeshine surveys for alligators along

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Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: SEASONAL WETLAND; HUGGINS CLOSED CAPTURE DESIGN; CROCODILIAN POPULATIONS; DOUBLE-OBSERVER EYESHINE SURVEY; ALLIGATOR MISSISSIPPIENSIS; DETECTION PROBABILITY

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