This study summarized and interpreted the behavioural responses of amphibian and reptile groups when interacting with 2 different types of commonly used exclusion and drift fencing: steel mesh and solid plastic (Animex). This study shows that herpetofauna spent more time at or interacting with the mesh fencing than with Animex.
This study shows that herpetofauna spent more time at or interacting with the mesh fencing than with Animex. This study concurs with Kruidering et al., (2005) and Clevenger & Huijser, (2011), about using plastic solid barrier fence as a road mitigation measure for the species studied, as the goal of exclusion fencing is not only to keep animals off the road and from harm, but also to funnel animals safely to wildlife crossing structures; thus mesh fencing is not as effective as Animex fencing in doing this. Herpetofauna will not be directed as easily towards the wildlife crossings with the mesh fence due to additional risk of injury, or escape, and delay. Hence, if herpetofauna takes longer to reach wildlife crossing it could increase the potential risks from roads such as, pollution, vibration, noise, illegal collection, persecution, and desiccation/dehydration due to the microclimate and the change of habitat close to the road (Ferronato et al. 2014; Kimberley et al., 2015).
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