Prey-mediated effects of drought on condition and survival of a terrestrial snake.

  title={Prey-mediated effects of drought on condition and survival of a terrestrial snake.},
  author={Jinelle H. Sperry and Patrick James Weatherhead},
  volume={89 10},
Drought can have severe ecological effects and global climate-change theory predicts that droughts are likely to increase in frequency and severity. Therefore, it is important that we broaden our understanding of how drought affects not only individual species, but also multitrophic interactions. Here we document vegetation and small-mammal abundance and associated patterns of Texas ratsnake (Elaphe obsoleta) body condition and survival before, during, and after a drought in central Texas, USA… CONTINUE READING
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