Effects of chronic dietary exposure to trace elements on banded water snakes (Nerodia fasciata).

@article{Hopkins2002EffectsOC,
  title={Effects of chronic dietary exposure to trace elements on banded water snakes (Nerodia fasciata).},
  author={William A Hopkins and John H. Roe and Joel W Snodgrass and Brandon Patrick Staub and Brian P. Jackson and Justin D. Congdon},
  journal={Environmental toxicology and chemistry},
  year={2002},
  volume={21 5},
  pages={906-13}
}
Little currently is known about the accumulation or effects of contaminants on reptiles. To date, most studies examining reptile exposure to trace elements report tissue burdens of field-captured animals, but seldom provide insight into the dose, duration, or mode of exposure involved. For two years, we fed juvenile banded water snakes (Nerodia fasciata) prey items collected from a coal ash-contaminated site that contained elevated levels of As, Cd, Cu, Se, Sr, and V. With the exception of Cu… CONTINUE READING