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Georgia Journal of Science

Abstract

We present the findings of a survey of small vertebrates inhabiting a typical central Georgia (Baldwin County), mixed pine-deciduous Piedmont forest. Samples were collected from June 2010 to November 2010 and February 2011 to May 2011, using drift fences equipped with pitfall traps, funnel traps, and snake traps. Moreover, the trapping data used to determine taxonomic diversity of the woodlands was augmented with direct observations. Our findings suggest amphibians were the most abundant small vertebrates (55.9% of all captures), followed by reptiles (35.4%) and lastly, small mammals (8.7%). The most abundant reptile was Anolis carolinensis with 75 captures, followed by Rana clamitans with 57 captures for the amphibians, and Blarina carolinensis with 14 captures for the mammals. One Storeria occipitomaculata and one Pseudemys concinna were observed and collected during this study, representing the first Baldwin Co. record of both species.

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