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Tuesday, January 29 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
(P03) Home Range and Movements of Eastern Box Turtles at Two Urban Parks in Clark County, OH

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AUTHORS. Kaitlyn E. Seitz, Joshua C. Goble, Katrina M. Rosing, Richard S. Phillips – Wittenberg University

ABSTRACT. Eastern Box Turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina) have been the subject of much study given concerns over potential declines in population numbers.  Urban populations of box turtles are often at increased risk of illegal collection, vehicle collisions, and habitat fragmentation.  As part of an ongoing radio-telemetry study examining box turtle populations at two urban parks in southwest Ohio, we present data on both home range (11 box turtles) and movement on 19 box turtles.  Box turtles for home range analysis were located opportunistically for an average of 30 (range 17-52) locations per turtle, covering an average of 886 days (range 405 - 1,315 days).  Using the computer program Biotas, Samples sizes precluded comparisons of sex-specific home range data, but anecdotally our home range data support larger female home ranges using MCP (x¯<sub>female</sub>= 9.93 hectares, x¯<sub>male</sub>= 3.28 hectares).  However, interpretation of home range generated using alternative techniques suggest females exhibit more disjunct habitat usage compared to males.  Further, population monitoring show tremendous fidelity to both winter hibernacula and what appear to be nesting areas.  Given our data, it appears that populations in both urban parks allow access to both over-wintering and nesting sites.

Tuesday January 29, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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