Predation by snakes thwarts trial reintroduction of the endangered woma python aspidites ramsayi

John Read, Greg Johnston, Terry Morley

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    Abstract

    Case studies of well-documented snake reintroductions are limited, despite their potential value for conservation and ecosystem recovery. The Endangered woma Aspidites ramsayi is a large boid snake that has declined considerably and is now threatened throughout much of central Australia. We describe a trial release of captive-bred womas into the feral predator-free Arid Recovery Reserve in northern South Australia. All of the reintroduced womas were killed within 4 months, with predation by the mulga snake Pseudechis australis confirmed or implied in all cases. Lessons learned for the conditioning of captive-bred snakes for wild release and the role of the mulga snake in structuring Australian arid-zone snake assemblages are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)505-512
    Number of pages8
    JournalOryx
    Volume45
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

    Keywords

    • Arid zone
    • Aspiditesramsayi
    • Australia
    • elapid
    • predation
    • python
    • reintroduction
    • woma

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