The Herpetofauna of Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, Florida

  title={The Herpetofauna of Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, Florida},
  author={Terence M. Farrell and Melissa A. Pilgrim and Peter G. May and W. Boyd Blihovde},
Abstract We monitored the herpetofauna of a large conservation area in peninsular Florida from 1990 to 2010, visiting the refuge on over 2000 different days in that period and using a variety of sampling techniques. Our goals were to evaluate the species richness and abundance of herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles) on the site. During the course of our study, we documented 72 species (22 amphibian and 50 reptile species); thus, the site has impressive species richness relative to other… 
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