The British Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.

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pdf 03. Hibernation sites of the toads Bufo bufo and Bufo calamita in a river floodplain


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Authors: Wilbert Bosman, Jan J. Van Gelder And Henk Strijbosch

Abstract: Closed drift fences, bow-nets and a telemetric system were used to study hibernation sites of two toad species in a floodplain. Both species hibernated terrestrially. Bufo bufo hibernated in meadows, thickets and woods/bushes on sand or clay in the higher as well as the lower parts of the floodplain. Bufo calamita clearly preferred sandy habitats in the higher parts where heaps of brick-debris were specially used. Both species selected their hibernation sites based on characteristics of vegetation and substrate, rather than in relation to the risk of flooding.

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