Faculty Member to Shed Light
to Smith, human disturbance and encroachment into natural habitat are
affecting wildlife throughout New Jersey. In his study, he examined the
impact of human disturbance on rattlesnakes' movement patterns and their
habitat life. To reduce negative impacts on the snake population, he has
established guidelines for the military when it carries out operations
in the Pine Barrens. Smith's research has been accepted for publication
in a forthcoming book, The Biology of Rattlesnakes, due out in
snakes play a critical role in the ecosystem and there are steps that
need to be taken to prevent them from becoming extinct," Smith said.
"They have a long history of persecution because they are venomous
and believed to be aggressive, but typically they only strike as a last
resort when they are harassed. Their bad reputation is unjustified."
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