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A Preliminary Survey Of The Reptile Fauna In Nilgala Forest And Its Vicinity, Monaragala District, Sri Lanka

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DMS Suranjan Karunarathna ,

Young Zoologists' Association of Sri Lanka, Department of National Zoological Gardens, LK
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AA Thasun Amarasinghe

Komunitas Konservasi Alam Tanah Timur, Jl. Kuricang, Ciputat, Tangerang, ID
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Abstract

Nilgala Conservation Forest Area (NCFA) is an intermediate zone forest situated in the south east of Sri Lanka. During our four-year study we recorded 70 species of reptiles, which represents about 33% of the total Sri Lankan reptile fauna. This number includes eighteen species that are recorded from the NCFA for the first time and ten nationally threatened species. Ten unidentified species were also recorded during the survey period. The results of this study indicate that the Nilgala forest area supports a rich reptile faunal diversity. Unfortunately, this important forest is threatened by fire, illegal logging, chena cultivation, rubber plantation, granite rock blasting, gem mining and road kills. It should be considered an area of high conservation priority.

Key words: Sri Lanka; Intermediate zone; savannah; reptiles; threats; ecology; conservation

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v3i2.3962  

TAPROBANICA 2011; 3(2): 69-76

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v3i2.3962
How to Cite: Karunarathna, D.S. & Amarasinghe, A.T., (2012). A Preliminary Survey Of The Reptile Fauna In Nilgala Forest And Its Vicinity, Monaragala District, Sri Lanka. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity. 3(2), pp.69–76. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v3i2.3962
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Published on 21 Jan 2012.
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