The effects of geography, habitat, and humans on the ecology and demography of the Gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) in the southern Lake Wales Ridge region of Florida

Herpetological Journal
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Abstract

A 35-year (1967–2002) demographic study was conducted on the gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) from two different habitats on Archbold Biological Station located on the southern end of the Lake Wales Ridge in south-central Florida. We found geographic, habitat, and human-mediated effects on several aspects of its biology. Our findings underscore the necessity of long-term demographic data to more accurately answer ecological questions concerning long-lived species, such as how the gopher tortoise detectably might be affected by habitat quality and human activities.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title The effects of geography, habitat, and humans on the ecology and demography of the Gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) in the southern Lake Wales Ridge region of Florida
Series title Herpetological Journal
DOI 10.33256/hj29.2.95114
Volume 29
Issue 2
Year Published 2019
Language English
Publisher British Herpetological Society
Contributing office(s) Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description 20 p.
First page 95
Last page 114
Country United States
State Florida
Other Geospatial Archbold Biological Station