Spatial ecology of urban copperheads-reference-data

Carrasco-Harris MF, Cole JA, Reichling S. 2020. Spatial ecology of urban copperheads-reference-data. Movebank Data Repository.
Anthropogenic environments alter behaviors in a wide variety of taxa. We examined the morphology and spatial ecology of Agkistrodon contortrix Linnaeus (Eastern Copperhead) within an urban forest and a rural forest in Tennessee. We captured snakes for morphological data and radio tracked 36 urban and 8 rural subjects to collect spatial data. We estimated home range size, core area, and movement parameters (total distance moved; daily, sampling, and monthly movement) using relocation data. Copperheads in the urban forest were smaller but did not differ in body condition compared to rural conspecifics. We found urban Copperheads had reduced home ranges, core areas, and movement parameters compared to rural subjects. Our study suggests urban snakes alter spatial behavior by decreasing overall movement.
animal movement,animal tracking,Agkistrodon contortrix,copperhead snake,morphology,radio telemetry,reptiles,urban ecology,urban forest
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  title = {Spatial ecology of urban copperheads-reference-data},
  author = {Carrasco-Harris, MF and Cole, JA and Reichling, S},
  year = {2020},
  URL = {},
  doi = {doi:10.5441/001/1.1rs3j824/2},
  publisher = {Movebank data repository}
ID  - doi:10.5441/001/1.1rs3j824/2
T1  - Spatial ecology of urban copperheads-reference-data
AU  - Carrasco-Harris, Malle F.
AU  - Cole, Judith A.
AU  - Reichling, Steve
Y1  - 2020/10/05
KW  - animal movement
KW  - animal tracking
KW  - Agkistrodon contortrix
KW  - copperhead snake
KW  - morphology
KW  - radio telemetry
KW  - reptiles
KW  - urban ecology
KW  - urban forest
KW  - Agkistrodon contortrix
PB  - Movebank data repository
UR  -
DO  - doi:10.5441/001/1.1rs3j824/2
ER  -