Molecular analysis of the trophic interactions of British reptiles

Doctoral thesis English OPEN
Brown, David Steven
  • Subject: QL
    mesheuropmc: complex mixtures

The prevalence of a parasitic nematode of slow worms, <italic>Neoxysomatium brevicaudatum,</italic> was also investigated using PCR primers. Prevalence was higher in males and females in April. Analysis of smooth snake diet confirmed that predation on reptiles was high but revealed increasing consumption of small mammals with age. Predation on reptiles by grass snakes was higher than expected and suggests competition may exist between smooth snakes and grass snakes at a juvenile stage. Overall, these results provide information pertinent to translocation and reintroduction programmes along with conservation management strategies.
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