Herpetofaunal checklist for six pilot protected areas in Trinidad and Tobago

Renoir J. Auguste

Abstract


A herpetofaunal inventory for six areas under consideration for protected status in Trinidad and Tobago revealed 67 species: 25 anurans, four chelonians, one crocodilian, and 37 squamates . The species recorded represent about 70% of the country’s amphibians and 50% of the reptiles. Survey techniques for documenting the herpetofauna within the areas, included visual and audio encounter surveys, spotlight surveys, and beach patrols. The results suggest that the six pilot protected areas hold locally endemic and globally threatened species. Improved conservation strategies and management plans for the country’s herpetofauna can be based on this report.

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