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1 September 2015 Effects of Fragmentation on the Spatial Ecology of the California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis californiae)
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We investigated the spatial ecology of the California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis californiae) in unfragmented and fragmented habitat with varying patch sizes and degrees of exposure to urban edges. We radiotracked 34 Kingsnakes for up to 3 yr across four site types: interior areas of unfragmented ecological reserves, the urbanized edge of these reserves, large habitat fragments, and small habitat fragments. There was no relationship between California Kingsnake movements and the degree of exposure to urban edges and fragmentation. Home range size and movement patterns of Kingsnakes on edges and fragments resembled those in unfragmented sites. Average home-range size on each site type was smaller than the smallest fragment in which snakes were tracked. The persistence of California Kingsnakes in fragmented landscapes may be related directly to their small spatial movement patterns, home-range overlap, and ability to use urban edge habitat.

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Michael P. Anguiano and Jay E. Diffendorfer "Effects of Fragmentation on the Spatial Ecology of the California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis californiae)," Journal of Herpetology 49(3), (1 September 2015). https://doi.org/10.1670/13-014
Accepted: 1 April 2014; Published: 1 September 2015
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