Coverboards at Davidson College
the spring of 1999, students in Dr. Dorcas' Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
Seminar put out over 80 coverboards in the forest throughout the Davidson
College Ecological Preserve. These coverboards were constructed
of a biodegradable wood and distributed in a variety of habitats.
Coverboards provide an artificial, yet suitable microhabitat for many
amphibians and reptiles. Simulating a natural cover object, the
coverboard attracts amphibians and reptiles who are looking for a good
hiding spot. We periodically lift the coverboards and find snakes
and lizards under the coverboards more directly exposed to the sun.
Coverboards in the woods and near the streams provide excellent habitat
Photo credit: Mike Dorcas
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