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The Herpetofauna of Dare County, North Carolina: History, Natural History, and Biogeography


Abstract:
Dare County's herpetofauna is rich because of its geographic location, mild climate, and diversity of habitats. There are seventy-nine species in the area--eighteen frogs, eight salamanders, seventeen turtles, including five sea turtles, seven lizards, twenty-seven snakes, and one crocodilian. Observations of herpetofauna were first made there in 1588 by Thomas Harriot and have continued to the present. The natural history of each species is summarized, and the region's geological history is reviewed.
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