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Herpetofaunal survey UPSC NOTE

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  • The first-ever herpetofaunal survey conducted in the Core Area of the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) led to the sighting of 82 species of reptiles and amphibians.

  • The survey was conducted from February 23 to 25 in Theppakadu, Kargudi and Nilakottai forest ranges of the tiger reserve

  • According to officials, the first-ever dedicated survey of the diversity of the region’s amphibians and reptiles led to the recording of 82 different species, which includes 51 species of reptiles and 31 species of amphibians.

What is Herpetofaunal Survey

  • A herpetofaunal survey is a scientific study conducted to identify and document the populations of reptiles and amphibians living in a particular area.

These surveys are important for a number of reasons, including:

  1. Assessing biodiversity.

  2. Monitoring environmental health. 

  3. Informing land management decisions.

Mudumalai tiger reserve

  • The Mudumalai Tiger Reserve is a protected area located in the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu, India. 

  • It is a beautiful and diverse landscape, home to a variety of plant and animal life, including tigers, elephants, leopards, gaur, Indian muntjac, and sambar deer.

  • The reserve was established in 1931 and covers an area of approximately 688.59 square kilometers. 

  • It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • The Mudumalai Tiger Reserve is a popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts

  • Visitors can take jeep safaris, elephant safaris, and nature walks through the forest. 

  • The reserve is also home to a number of watchtowers, which offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape.


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