Reptiles of an urban Atlantic Rainforest fragment in the state of Pernambuco, northeastern Brazil

Camila Nascimento de Oliveira, Sérgio Luiz da Silva Muniz, Geraldo Jorge Barbosa de Moura


Knowledge of species in strategic regions, even if only fragmentary, is an excellent way for making inferences regarding the local biodiversity, which is paramount for conservation strategies for any biological group. The objectives of the present study were to record the reptiles composing the fauna of the forest fragment studied and their habitat and microhabitat occupation. The inventory was carried out in the Tejipió forest, state of Pernambuco, northeastern Brazil, from October 2011 to April 2012. Sampling was performed by means of active searching, pitfall trapping, accidental sightings and local collectors. A total of 24 reptile species in 15 different families were reported (one tortoise, eleven lizards, three amphisbaenians, eight snakes and one crocodile). The habitat and microhabitat with greatest occurrence of species were the edge of the forest and soil with vegetation, respectively.


Squamata; Inventory; Species richness; Microhabitat; Tejipió forest

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