Home Range, Hibernacula Fidelity, and Best Management Practices for Wood Turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) in Virginia.

Home Range, Hibernacula Fidelity, and Best Management Practices for Wood Turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) in Virginia.

Guidelines for timber harvesting, road construction, road maintenance, and other land use practices are needed for wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) management in the extreme southern part of their range. The development and implementation of best management practices can be an important tool in the conservation of the wood turtle. Currently specific guidelines do not exist for the southern range of the wood turtle and it is not known if behaviors are similar to northern populations.
We radio tracked 36 individual wood turtles from two populations in western Virginia to determine their home range, seasonal occupancy of buffer zones, and the annual fidelity to hibernacula.
There were no differences in the home ranges between Site 1 (14.99 ha) and the Site 2 populations (16.07 ha). Both populations have greater home ranges than reported for most northern populations. No significant differences were found between the home ranges of male and female wood turtles in the Site 2 population while Site 1 females (10.35 ha) had a smaller home range then males (24.27 ha).
Wood turtle movements within seasonal buffer zones (instream; 10 m, 30 m; 60 m; >90 m) were examined to help create land use guidelines. No wood turtles from either population were found greater than 10 m away from the stream during the winter season. During the spring and fall seasons 95 % of the wood turtle locations were found within 30 m of the stream. Wood turtles moved farthest from stream during the summer; however, 93 % of recorded locations were within 90 m of the stream.
There was no fidelity to winter hibernacula between 2006 and 2007 for males from either the Site 1 (0/4) or the Site 2 populations (0/4). Fidelity to hibernacula for females was 50% for both the Site 1 (2/4) and Site 2 (2/4) populations.
Four male wood turtles moved great distances (6.6 to 19.8 km). One wood turtle moved into a different watershed, extending the southern range of the species by 10 km.
Wood turtle populations in the extreme southern range need specific guidelines and best management practices to account for their differences with more northern populations.
Guidelines for timber harvesting, road construction, road maintenance, and other land use practices are needed for wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) management in the extreme southern part of their range. The development and implementation of best management practices can be an important tool in the conservation of the wood turtle. Currently specific guidelines do not exist for the southern range of the wood turtle and it is not known if behaviors are similar to northern populations.
We radio tracked 36 individual wood turtles from two populations in western Virginia to determine their home range, seasonal occupancy of buffer zones, and the annual fidelity to hibernacula.
There were no differences in the home ranges between Site 1 (14.99 ha) and the Site 2 populations (16.07 ha). Both populations have greater home ranges than reported for most northern populations. No significant differences were found between the home ranges of male and female wood turtles in the Site 2 population while Site 1 females (10.35 ha) had a smaller home range then males (24.27 ha).
Wood turtle movements within seasonal buffer zones (instream; 10 m, 30 m; 60 m; >90 m) were examined to help create land use guidelines. No wood turtles from either population were found greater than 10 m away from the stream during the winter season. During the spring and fall seasons 95 % of the wood turtle locations were found within 30 m of the stream. Wood turtles moved farthest from stream during the summer; however, 93 % of recorded locations were within 90 m of the stream.
There was no fidelity to winter hibernacula between 2006 and 2007 for males from either the Site 1 (0/4) or the Site 2 populations (0/4). Fidelity to hibernacula for females was 50% for both the Site 1 (2/4) and Site 2 (2/4) populations.
Four male wood turtles moved great distances (6.6 to 19.8 km). One wood turtle moved into a different watershed, extending the southern range of the species by 10 km.
Wood turtle populations in the extreme southern range need specific guidelines and best management practices to account for their differences with more northern populations.

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