Study

Impacts of translocation on a large urban-adapted venomous snake

  • Published source details Wolfe A.K., Fleming P.A. & Bateman P.W. (2018) Impacts of translocation on a large urban-adapted venomous snake. Wildlife Research, 45, 316-324.

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This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Translocate problem reptiles

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Reptile Conservation

Translocate adult or juvenile reptiles: Snakes

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Reptile Conservation
  1. Translocate problem reptiles

    A controlled study in 2015–2017 in a suburban area in Perth, Australia (Wolfe et al. 2018) found that translocated problem dugite snakes Pseudonaja affinis (urban or problem individuals) had larger activity ranges and higher mortality rates than resident snakes. Translocated snakes had larger maximum activity ranges (11 m2/day) compared to resident snakes (1 m2/day). Translocated snakes travelled similar distances (31 m/day) to resident snakes 11 m/day). All translocated snakes died during the study (4 of 4 individuals) compared to half of the resident snakes (3 of 6 individuals). Deaths were caused by predation or road collisions. In total 10 snakes (six resident snakes and four translocated snakes) were tracked for up to 2 months each in September–December 2015–2017. Snakes were either caught opportunistically in urban areas (two individuals) or reported as problem individuals (eight individuals).

    (Summarised by: Katie Sainsbury)

  2. Translocate adult or juvenile reptiles: Snakes

    A controlled study in 2015–2017 in a suburban area in Perth, Australia (Wolfe et al. 2018) found that translocated dugite snakes Pseudonaja affinis (urban or problem individuals) had higher mortality rates and larger activity range than resident snakes. Translocated snakes had larger maximum activity ranges (11 m2/day) compared to resident snakes (1 m2/day). Translocated snakes travelled similar distances (31 m/day) to resident snakes (11 m/day). All translocated snakes died during the study (4 of 4 individuals) compared to half of the resident snakes (3 of 6 individuals). Deaths were caused by predation or road collisions. In total 10 snakes (four translocated snakes and six resident snakes) were tracked for up to 2 months each in September-December 2015–2017. Snakes were either caught opportunistically in urban areas (two individuals) or reported as problem individuals (eight individuals).

    (Summarised by: Katie Sainsbury)

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