Assessment of Species Composition and Distribution of Snakes on Knust Campus

Gideon Appiah 36 PAGES (5703 WORDS) Thesis
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ABSTRACT

Information on the species composition, distribution, ecology and abundance of snakes on KNUST campus lags behind as compared to other taxa such as small mammals, terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates, amphibians. This study presents a baseline report on snake species on selected sites that is Forest, Builtup environments and Farmlands in Kwame Nkrumah Univers ity of Science and Technology campus. Individuals were captured with the aid of a snake tong using opportunistic and visual encounter surveys by turning over rocks and logs, digging through leaf litter, and peeling back of trees. Three line transects of 1k each of the study sites forest (Botanical garden), builtm long with variable width were laid on up environments and farmlands. A total of fortyone individuals comprising nine species (gaboon viper, common night adder, African rock python, Smith’s African purpledwater snake, spotted bush snake, African brown house snake, Western glossed snake, Yellowthroated boldeyed tree snake, and Forest cobra) belonging to the families of Colubridae, Lamprophidae, Viparidae, Boidae, and Elapidae). Species diversity w highest in the builtas up environments followed by farmlands and forest. The most abundant species recorded was spotted bush snake ( ( Bitis gabonca Philothamnus semivariegatus ) and Smith’s African water snake ( Grayia smit ) with the least being gaboon viper hii ). Botanical garden (forest) had the highest species composition followed by farmlands and the builtup area. Even though there were difference in the composition of individuals across the three land use types, the difference was statistically not significant.

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APA

Gideon, A (2020). Assessment of Species Composition and Distribution of Snakes on Knust Campus. Afribary.com: Retrieved October 27, 2020, from https://afribary.com/works/gidoo-ft-pdf

MLA 8th

Appiah, Gideon. "Assessment of Species Composition and Distribution of Snakes on Knust Campus" Afribary.com. Afribary.com, 26 Sep. 2020, https://afribary.com/works/gidoo-ft-pdf . Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

MLA7

Appiah, Gideon. "Assessment of Species Composition and Distribution of Snakes on Knust Campus". Afribary.com, Afribary.com, 26 Sep. 2020. Web. 27 Oct. 2020. < https://afribary.com/works/gidoo-ft-pdf >.

Chicago

Appiah, Gideon. "Assessment of Species Composition and Distribution of Snakes on Knust Campus" Afribary.com (2020). Accessed October 27, 2020. https://afribary.com/works/gidoo-ft-pdf