Original Research

Reptiles and Amphibians of the Addo Elephant National Park

W.R. Branch, H.H. Braack
Koedoe | Vol 30, No 1 | a503 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v30i1.503 | © 1987 W.R. Branch, H.H. Braack | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 October 1987 | Published: 21 October 1987

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W.R. Branch, Port Elizabeth Museum, South Africa
H.H. Braack, Karoo National Park, South Africa

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Abstract

The results of a survey of the reptiles and amphibians of the Addo Elephant National Park (AENP) are presented. A total of 49 species, comprising 16 amphibians, 14 lizards, 15 snakes and 4 chelonians, occur in the AENP. Observations on the biology and distribution of these species in the AENP are given, and the relative composition and diversity is compared with the herpetofauna of the surrounding eastern Cape and the more distant Kruger National Park. The zoogeographic affinities of the AENP herpetofauna are similar to those of the surrounding eastern Cape (i.e. Cape Temperate 46,9, Temperate- Transitional 16,3, Eastern Tropical Transitional 10,2, Western Tropical Transitional 8,2, Tropical East Coast Littoral 2,0 and Temperate Wideranging 16,3). Resource partitioning among the AENP herpetofauna is discussed and the conservation status of the species summarised. A list of species that may still be collected within the AENP is included.

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Reptiles, amphibians, ecology, zoogeography, conservation, check list.

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