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dc.contributor.authorCole, Jason
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-26T19:37:59Z
dc.date.available2014-09-26T19:37:59Z
dc.date.created2014-05
dc.date.issued2014-09-26
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/123456789/474
dc.descriptionThe Effect of Urban Sprawl & Suburbanization on Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Populations in Northeastern Illinoisen_US
dc.description.abstractVenomous snakes are rarely considered by humans as major conservation concern, yet in Northern Illinois the indigenous eastern massasauga rattlesnake has seen a rapid decline in numbers over the last twenty years. This snake species is considered a keystone species in the prairie wetlands ecosystem in Northern Illinois. Looking at historical population statistics of the largest city, Chicago, and its various suburbs there is a visible suburbanization trend that began about fifty years back. With rising population in the suburban areas of Chicago comes an increase in housing developments as well as an increase in urban land cover. Even with protection of the wetlands of Illinois, all of these factors seem to be directly effecting the existing populations of eastern massasugas in Northeastern Illinois. These specialist rattlesnakes require both the prairie wetlands for hibernation, as well as adjacent dry uplands in order to survive. All in all, suburbanization and urban sprawl in the Chicago area can be correlated with the decimation of the once healthy population of eastern massasauga rattlesnakes in Northeastern Illinois.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipCarthage College - Environmental Science Senior Thesisen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectThe Effect of Urban Sprawl & Suburbanization on Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Populations in Northeastern Illinoisen_US
dc.titleThe Effect of Urban Sprawl & Suburbanization on Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake Populations in Northeastern Illinoisen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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