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conservation, habitat structure, movement, radiotelemetry, space use, spatial ecology


We radiotracked Red-bellied Mudsnakes (Farancia abacura) from April to October 2018 in a small isolated wetland pond in Central Arkansas, USA. Individual F. abacura were aquatic, fossorial, and moved within small, well-defined home ranges confined to the pond basin of a wetland system. Individual home ranges of radio-tracked F. abacura overlapped extensively. Activity and home range size of F. abacura increased following heavy precipitation in August and September. Use of space by F. abacura in a small isolated wetland pond in central Arkansas was strikingly different from a previous study in an expansive wetland in southeastern Missouri.

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Plummer, Michael V., Caleb S. O’Neal, Steven M. Cooper, and Ryan Stork. "Red-bellied Mudsnake (Farancia abacura) home ranges increase with precipitation in an isolated wetland." Herpetological Conservation and Biology 15, no. 1 (2020): 160-168.

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