Master of Science (MS)
First Advisor's Name
George H. Dalrymple
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Snakes -- Florida -- Long Pine Key -- Reproduction, Snakes -- Florida -- Long Pine Key -- Behavior, Rattlesnakes
Date of Defense
The life history and reproductive ecology of the pygmy rattlesnake, Sistrurus miliarius barbouri was studied from January, 1984 to June, 1987 at Long Pine Key, Everglades national Park. This sample exhibits no sexual dimorphism except for relative to hail lengths; mean adult size was about 47 cms. Females do however comprise the majority of the snakes over 50 cms. S.m. barbouri show no habitat preference between the four habitat types. They are active year-round theater clearly second half of the year snakes. The species activity peak is in October which marks the end of the wet season and the climax and water table level. In addition, gravid females are active in February and March. While wise and juveniles also show a small peak of activity in May, the onset of the wet season. In the fall ovary length and egg size is small where is the test's size is large suggesting meeting in the fall. Eggs are yoked and enlarged in February and March but are still in the ovaries. Birth of the young occurs in July. Sperm retention is suggested. Mean hatchling size is larger than that cited by Klauber (1956). Growth rate in the first year of life is estimated to be approximately 82% Age of sexual maturity is estimated to be three years.
DeFrancesco, Teresa C., "Life history and reproductive ecology of sistrurus miliarius barbouri : the dusky pygmy rattlesnake in Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park" (1987). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2763.
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