Effects of relocation on movements and home ranges of eastern box turtles

Joy M. Hester, Steven J. Price, Michael E. Dorcas

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Abstract

To examine effects of relocation on eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina), we compared home ranges and movement patterns of 10 resident and 10 relocated box turtles in Davidson, North Carolina, USA. Home ranges of relocated turtles were approximately 3 times larger than those of resident turtles when measured by minimum convex polygons, 6 times larger than resident turtles when measured with 95% kernels and 7.5 times larger than resident turtles when measured by 50% kernels. Relocated turtles also moved a greater average distance per day than resident turtles. Additionally, 5 relocated turtles experienced mortality or disappearance compared to no mortality or disappearance of resident turtles. Our results raise questions about the success of relocation as a management strategy for eastern box turtles.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)772-777
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Wildlife Management
Volume72
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2008

Keywords

  • Box turtle
  • Home range
  • Homing
  • Relocation
  • Terrapene carolina
  • Wildlife rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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