Annual vs. multiple-year home range sizes of individual Blanding's Turtles, Emydoidea blandingii, in Central Wisconsin

Matthew Schuler, Richard P. Thiel

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Abstract

Most studies of home ranges occur over short time periods and may not represent the spacial requirements of long-lived organisms such as turtles. Home ranges of 18 individual Blanding's Turtles (Emydoidea blandingii) were measured using minimum convex polygons. Annual space use was compared to multi-year space use by individual turtles. We found a sig-nificant difference between annual home range size (25.5 hectares) and multi-year (two to six years) home range size (65.7 hectares; n = 18, P = 0.016). Caution should be employed when making management decisions based on short-term studies of long lived species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-64
Number of pages4
JournalCanadian Field-Naturalist
Volume122
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Blanding's turtle
  • Emydoidea blandingii
  • Home range
  • Life range
  • Wisconsin

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