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The Spatial Ecology of the Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) in southeastern Louisiana
  • Timothy Borgardt,
  • Kaleb Hill,
  • Brian Crother
Timothy Borgardt
Southeastern Louisiana University

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Kaleb Hill
University of Northern Colorado
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Brian Crother
Southeastern Louisiana University
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The Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) has a large distribution spanning much of the eastern United States. Because temperature, habitat type, prey composition and abundance, and a variety of other factors may dictate reptile behavior, populations of conspecific species may exhibit behavioral differences across latitudinal and elevational gradients. Using radio telemetry, we tracked 10 adult Timber Rattlesnakes (7 males, 3 females) from May 2016 to June 2017 in southeastern Louisiana to examine the spatial ecology of male and non-gravid female snakes. Mean annual and seasonal home ranges of non-gravid female Timber Rattlesnakes were not statistically different from that of males. Mean seasonal home range sizes and average distances travelled of both sexes was smallest in winter, and had a general increasing trend beginning in spring with a peak in fall. These increases seemed to coincide with the breeding season, taking place from early July until the end of November. Comparison of this study with other studies throughout its distribution could have implications towards future management of conservation for other southern populations of Timber Rattlesnakes.
08 Dec 2021Submitted to Ecology and Evolution
08 Dec 2021Assigned to Editor
08 Dec 2021Submission Checks Completed
08 Dec 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
31 Jan 2022Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
09 Feb 2022Editorial Decision: Revise Minor