A rapid assessment of herpetofaunal diversity and mortality along a railway track in Northern Western Ghats, India



We conducted a herpetofaunal survey along a 17 km stretch of railway track passing
through the Kali Tiger Reserve in Karnataka State. Over a period of 13 days, we documented 48
species, representing around 43% of the known herpetofaunal diversity of the northern Western
Ghats. Among the recorded diversity, 21 species are endemic and one additional species has been
added to the faunal list as a new record for the state. Vulnerability of the herpetofauna is depicted
and discussed in the light of the proposed double lane of the railway track and the need for future
ecological research is emphasized.