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Nest site selection by diamond-backed terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) on a Mid-Atlantic Barrier Island

Chelonian Conservation and Biology

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DOI: 10.2744/CCB-1041.1

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Abstract

We scored 48 Malaclemys terrapin nests destroyed by raccoons on Fisherman Island, Virginia, for the presence or absence of tree canopy, shrub canopy, no canopy, bare sand, grass cover, and herbaceous cover. Significantly more nests than expected were found in the open with no vegetation cover and observed distances of predator-destroyed nests from the edge of the nearest habitat island of woody vegetation were significantly different from a normal distribution; most were placed near the island margin. Our results underscore the need to understand the influence of predator search behavior on terrapin nest survival in different habitat types.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Nest site selection by diamond-backed terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) on a Mid-Atlantic Barrier Island
Series title:
Chelonian Conservation and Biology
DOI:
10.2744/CCB-1041.1
Volume
12
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
BioOne
Contributing office(s):
Southeast Ecological Science Center
Description:
6 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
303
Last page:
308