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Tuesday, January 29 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
(P04) Impact of Bait on Trap Success for Turtles in Pool 12 in the Upper Mississippi River

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AUTHORS. Brianna L. Finnegan, David E. Koch – University of Dubuque

ABSTRACT. The purpose of this study is to test the impact of bait on trap success for freshwater turtles. Trapping was done on the Upper Mississippi River system using hoop nets. The different types of bait used were chicken, fish, sardines in soybean oil and a control trap containing no bait. Trapping was done in lentic parts of the river system. The two types of freshwater turtles most commonly found here were Chrysemrys picta (northern painted turtle) and Chelydra serpentine (eastern snapping turtle). We found that C. picta were caught more often in sardine baited traps, while C. serpentine preferred fish. These findings will help improve trap success for future researchers in hopes of improving trap success rates for freshwater turtles.

Tuesday January 29, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm EST
  Poster, Amphibian/Reptile