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Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge Herpitological Monitoring Completed for 2010
Southwest Region, November 1, 2010
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Juvenile Merriam's Kangaroo Rat, first type specimen captured at LCNWR.  Photo by Chris Lohrengel, 5/17/2010, Leslie Canyon NWR, Cochise County, AZ
Juvenile Merriam's Kangaroo Rat, first type specimen captured at LCNWR. Photo by Chris Lohrengel, 5/17/2010, Leslie Canyon NWR, Cochise County, AZ - Photo Credit: n/a
Coral snake, one of the many unique species captured during the study.  Photo by Chris Lohrengel, 8/10/2010, Leslie Canyon NWR, Cochise County, AZ
Coral snake, one of the many unique species captured during the study. Photo by Chris Lohrengel, 8/10/2010, Leslie Canyon NWR, Cochise County, AZ - Photo Credit: n/a

Basic long-term reptile and amphibian population monitoring is generally lacking on National Wildlife Refuges, yet information gained from such work is important in documenting species richness, understanding ecological trends, investigating population dynamics and the roles of rare species, and in justifying resource management decisions.  For these reasons, intensive sampling with trap arrays composed of pitfalls, funnels, and drift fences was initiated in Leslie Canyon NWR during April 2000 and is ongoing.  While the emphasis of this monitoring is on terrestrial reptiles and amphibians, information is also gathered from the incidental captures of other organisms.

In 2010, there were 361 captures, composed of 19 reptile and amphibian species and seven mammal species.  The five most common species captured during 2010 were the green toad (94 captured), Sonoran spotted whiptail lizard (86 captured), Couch's spadefoot toad (34 captured), Great Plains toad (21 captured) and Mexican spadefoot toad (21 captured).


Contact Info: Christopher Lohrengel, 520-364-2104 x.106, chris_lohrengel@fws.gov



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