Snakes of Madagascar: Cultural and Ecological Roles

Madagascar’s snakes have been the subject of almost 300 years of research. Most of this work has been taxonomic – with ~98 described species, and at least five undescribed species remaining, we are only now approaching the end of the taxonomic era for the island’s snakes (but are nowhere near for frogs and some lizard groups). Because we have been emphasising the naming of species, we have not yet devoted much time to figuring out the roles of the species in their ecosystems. Leer más.