Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Site fidelity and home range of relocated gopher tortoises in Mississippi

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Applied Herpetology

Gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) are commonly relocated to prevent them from being killed when their habitat is developed. To further our understanding of whether such relocation is an effective management technique, we determined site fidelity, burrow use, and home range size for gopher tortoises that were relocated for construction of a military range on Camp Shelby Army National Guard Training Site in Mississippi. We monitored tortoises that were relocated off-site (outside of their original colony) or on-site (within their original colony), and control tortoises that had not been relocated. 69% of tortoises remained at off-site relocation areas 1 year after relocation; fidelity varied from 25-89% between sites. Two years after relocation 47% (0-83%) of the tortoises relocated off-site remained at their relocation areas. Tortoises that remained at off-site relocation areas seemed to become settled within a few weeks of release and had similar burrow use and home range sizes to control tortoises. Site fidelity for on-site relocations was high, with all of the tortoises remaining at least 1 year after relocation. Tortoises at on-site relocation areas used fewer burrows than those at control sites and tended to have smaller home ranges, most likely caused by part of their original range being developed. In some circumstances gopher tortoise relocation may be an appropriate conservation tool and can be used to help the survival of a species that is under high pressure from development.

10.1163/1570754043492063
/content/journals/10.1163/1570754043492063
dcterms_title,pub_keyword,dcterms_description,pub_author
6
3
Loading
Loading

Full text loading...

/content/journals/10.1163/1570754043492063
Loading

Data & Media loading...

http://brill.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journals/10.1163/1570754043492063
Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.1163/1570754043492063
2005-01-01
2016-12-04

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Applied Herpetology — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation