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Impact of Vehicular Traffic on Herpetofaunal Mortality in a Savanna Forest, Eastern Sri Lanka

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DMS Suranjan Karunarathna ,

The Young Zoologists' Association, Department of National Zoological Gardens, Dehiwala 10350, LK
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Sujan M Henkanaththegedara,

Biological Sciences, 218 Stevens Hall, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58105, US
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AA Thasun Amarasinghe,

Taprobanica, Perigi RT02/RW06 No. 63, Parigi Baru, Pondok Aren 15228, Tangerang Selatan, ID
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Anslem de Silva

Amphibia and Reptile Research Organization of Sri Lanka, 15/1, Dolosbage Road, Gampola, LK
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Abstract

Mortality of wildlife due to vehicular traffic is among the direct impacts when natural habitats are dissected with roads. This study presents the herpetofaunal mortality on a 3km stretch of a highway crossing Nilgala Forest Area (NFA), a savanna dominated forest in Nilgala, eastern Sri Lanka. A total of 72 species of herpetofauna including 53 reptiles and 19 amphibians were recorded as road kills of which 19 species (26.3%) are endemic to Sri Lanka and 22 species (30.5%) are threatened nationally. A total of 552 road killed individuals (23.6% of tetrapod reptiles, 40.2% of serpentoid reptiles and 36.2% amphibians) were recorded over 48 days.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v5i2.6284

TAPROBANICA, December, 2013. Vol. 05, No. 02: pp. 111-119

How to Cite: Karunarathna, D.S. et al., (2013). Impact of Vehicular Traffic on Herpetofaunal Mortality in a Savanna Forest, Eastern Sri Lanka. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity. 5(2), pp.111–119. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v5i2.6284
Published on 24 Dec 2013.
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