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Wood mouse and box turtle populations in an area treated annually with DDT for five years

Journal of Wildlife Management

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Abstract

A 117-acre area of dense woodland on the Patuxent Research Refuge received an aerial application of DDT in oil at the rate of 2 pounds per acre gnnually for five years. DDT reached ground level in a much smaller amount (thousandths to hundredths of a pound per acre). Treatment was made during the first week of June of each year from 1945 through 1949. Field studies of the wood mouse population in DDT and check areas showed no significant differences in the two areas before and after the 1949 DDT treatment. There was no significant difference between trapping samples taken in DDT and check areas in 1945 and those taken in 1949. Field studies of the box turtles in DDT and check areas in 1945 and 1949 showed no significant difference in population size. Growth of the four young turtles taken in the DDT area in both 1945 and 1949 appeared to be normal in comparison with growth of check area turtles.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Wood mouse and box turtle populations in an area treated annually with DDT for five years
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume
15
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1951
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
161-164
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
First page:
161
Last page:
164