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  • Severe drought shuts down reproduction in copperhead snakes, study finds

    By the end of a five-year drought, copperheads living in a forested region near Meriden, Connecticut, stopped giving birth.

    During a five-year drought in a forested region near Meriden, Connecticut, temporary wetlands failed to fill and permanent wetlands dried out entirely, reducing food for copperheads. By drought’s end, copperhead reproduction had dropped to zero.

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  • Editor's notes:

    To reach Mark Davis, email davis63@illinois.edu.

    The paper "Drought-induced suppression of female fecundity in a capital breeder" is available  online and from the U. of I. News Bureau.