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1 December 2016 Distribution and General Habitat Use Analysis of the Jamaican Boa (Chilabothrus subflavus)
Brent C. Newman, Scott E. Henke, Susan E. Koenig, Randy L. Powell
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Jamaican boas (Chilabothrus subflavus) are a United States-listed Foreign Endangered Species and a Jamaican-protected species whose numbers and distribution have substantially declined. Because much of the literature pertaining to Jamaican boa distribution is based almost entirely on anecdotal evidence, we developed the most up-to-date distributional map of Jamaican boas on the island, which incorporate all previous findings and additional published reports of this species. To further assess general habitat requirements of existing Jamaican boa populations, we conducted a habitat availability and use analysis for this species. Of the 21 habitat types delineated by the Jamaica Forestry Department, we found that Jamaican boas used only five of the 21 habitat types in greater proportion to their availability. Jamaican boas used forested areas in greater proportion than any other habitat type and underused areas with anthropogenic alterations. Our distribution and general habitat use analysis also shows that cumulatively, less than 10% of the total land area of Jamaica may constitute useable Jamaican boa habitat, therefore, we recommend a multipronged species survival plan coupled with reforestation strategies be implemented in order to sustain remaining populations of Jamaica's largest native terrestrial predator.

© 2016 Brazilian Society of Herpetology
Brent C. Newman, Scott E. Henke, Susan E. Koenig, and Randy L. Powell "Distribution and General Habitat Use Analysis of the Jamaican Boa (Chilabothrus subflavus)," South American Journal of Herpetology 11(3), 228-234, (1 December 2016).
Received: 12 July 2016; Accepted: 1 November 2016; Published: 1 December 2016
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