Climatic factors affecting trapping success of some South African small mammals

Van Hensbergen H.J. ; Martin S.C. (1993)

The effect of weather on the capture probability of small mammals in Sherman live traps was investigated. Diurnal trapping success was reduced following fire. Smaller species had an increased chance of being caught on windy days. Rhabdomys pumilio and Mus minutoides showed a seasonal peak in capture probability which coincided with onset of reproduction. Praomys verreauxii was less likely to be caught on moonlit nights. The capture success of other species was affected by rain, temperature and relative humidity. -from Authors

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