Herpetofauna of the Konza Prairie Research Natural Area, Kansas

TitleHerpetofauna of the Konza Prairie Research Natural Area, Kansas
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1985
AuthorsHeinrich, ML, Kaufman, DW
JournalThe Prairie Naturalist
Pagination101 -112
Accession NumberKNZ0082
Keywordstallgrass prairie

Herpetofauna of the Konza prairie Research Natural Area (KPRNA), a tall-grass prairie research site in the Flint Hills of eastern Kansas, was sampled in terrestrial and aquatic habitats to compile a species list as well as to gather information on habitat distribution of individual species. Twenty-nine species, including 1 salamander, 8 frogs and toads, 3 turtles, 4 lizards, and 13 snakes were recorded from terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Three types of limestone outcrops were sampled intensively by trapping, searching under rocks and logs and capturing or recording animals seen while walking the outcrops. Data from these outcrops demonstrated differences in species richness and relative density of herpetiles with 7 species and 15 individuals recorded for a grass-dominated outcrop, 9 species and 49 individuals for a shrub- dominated outcrop, and 11 species and 50 individuals for a tree-dominated outcrop (sampling effort at the three sites was the same). Habitat distribution is described for species found on KPRNA using habitat records from captures and sightings. Finally, for species not found but possibly present (based on their distribution in Kansas, Collins 1982), the likelihood of occurrence on KPRNA is discussed