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Ecological Assortment of Snakes in Southern Punjab, Pakistan

Ecological Assortment of Snakes in Southern Punjab, Pakistan

Zahid Farooq1, Sufi Muhammad Akram2, Muhammad Saleem Khan3,* and Muhammad Wajid4

1Deputy Director Research, Punjab Wildlife Research Institute, Gatwala, Faisalabad, 
2Department of Zoology, Government College, Satiana Road, Faisalabad, Pakistan
3Department of Zoology, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan
4Department of Biological Sciences, University of Okara, Pakistan

*      Corresponding author: samiikhan@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT

Snakes captured, dead or alive, from different habitats of the southern Punjab, Pakistan, were identified based on external morphological features. Total 521 specimens collected/captured belonged to 5 families, 16 genera and 25 species. Indian cobra (Naja naja)(8.83%; N = 46), Glossy-bellied racer(Coluber ventromaculatus)(7.87%; N = 41) and Common krait (Bungarus caeruleus)(7.49%; N = 39) were higher in prevalence. Northern wolf snake (Lycodon striatus striatus), Sind long-nose sand snake (Lytorhynchus paradoxus)and Afghan awl-head snake(L. ridgewayi)(0.38%; N = 2) were the least abundant. Snakes were more frequent in croplands and least frequent in barren areas.
 

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Pakistan Journal of Zoology

October

Vol. 51, Iss. 5, Pages 1599-1997

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