Removal of critical rock habitat threatens biodiversity

Shine, R., Webb, J. K., Fitzgerald, M., & Sumner, J. (1998) The impact of bush-rock removal on an endangered snake species, Hoplocephalus bungaroides (Serpentes: Elapidae). Wildlife Research, 25(3), 285-295.

Aim: 
To examine the impact of rock removal on an endangered snake species (Hoplocephalus bungaroides).
Type of Study: 
Field study
Key Results: 
Snakes and the geckos prefer rocks lying on other rocks, rather than on soil, and select rocks of particular sizes. Rocks removed by bush-rock collectors overlap considerably in size (diameter and thickness) and position (rock on rock) with those used by broad-headed snakes and velvet geckos. Rock numbers were substantially reduced by anthropogenic disturbance. Bush-rock removal has contributed to the endangerment of a threatened snake.
Reviewer: 
Damian Michael
Full Reference: 
Shine, R., Webb, J. K., Fitzgerald, M., & Sumner, J. (1998) The impact of bush-rock removal on an endangered snake species, Hoplocephalus bungaroides (Serpentes: Elapidae). Wildlife Research, 25(3), 285-295.