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The identification of the common jubo, Alsophis cantherigerus,
as the most abundant reptile in the Northern zone of Villa Clara province indicates the suitable balance of the ecosystems in the area, thus allowing procreation and development.

After two years of study and monitoring, experts from the National Enterprise for Flora and Fauna Protection at the province ascertain the Santa Maria reptile, Epicrates angulifer
and the silver jubo respectively occupy the second and third place in relation to the population rate

Jose María Castro, an expert from the enterprise said to AIN that the project:  “Studies of the Existing Ophidians at  Santa Maria Fauna Refugee show positive results since it provides with new scientific references on reptile biodiversity at Caibarien’s Northern Keys.

The research has shown there are favoring conditions that ease feeding because these animals count with suitable sizes, weights and morphological qualities for the specie.

García Castro stated the Catibo de Manglar , Tetranorhinus variabilis, and the Majacito, Tropidophis melanurus, were the less seen, thus estimations tell their populations could be lesser and are urged for a different protection strategy in order to increase the number of individuals.

This conservation program for the Villa Clara keys includes the adoption of a right strategy allowing the development of tourism without harming the natural elements.

Distribution, abundance, morphology and habitat are aspects foreseen in the study that includes education and conservation of the environment, meant for the inhabitants and workers of the hotel facilities located in the area.

Source: AIN. Translated by Cubaheadlines.

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