A groundbreaking local study which identified 21 species of snakes in a barangay in Virac and their impact on ecosystem won this year’s “Pisog nin Uswag Award,” an annual search for best undergraduate researches implemented by the Catanduanes State Colleges Research Services.
John Ronel S. Gil, a graduating BS in Biology student conducted actual samplings for his thesis titled Snake Inventory in Barangay San Vicente, Virac, Catanduanes. He documented the frequency, relative population density, morphology, classification, feeding behavior and habitat of snakes from April to December 2009.
The researcher divided the barangays of San Vicente Proper and San Vicente Ibong Sapa into four study areas or stations in conducting snake specie inventory. He classified it according to the area’s ecological make up — rice field with a stream and an irrigation facility, forested rocky mountain with diverse canopy of trees, grassland with waterfalls and residential areas.
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