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1 December 2015 Basking Western Pond Turtle Response to Recreational Trail Use in Urban California
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The presence of human activity near freshwater turtle habitat can have a negative impact on a range of turtle behaviors. We assessed whether human use of a recreational trail had an effect on basking behavior of western pond turtles (Actinemys marmorata) by observing individuals basking while we monitored recreational disturbances. Based on our results, we suggest limiting the number or times of operation of motor vehicle traffic adjacent to western pond turtle habitat to restrict impacts on basking behavior.

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Paul E. Nyhof and Lynne Trulio "Basking Western Pond Turtle Response to Recreational Trail Use in Urban California," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 14(2), (1 December 2015). https://doi.org/10.2744/CCB-1140.1
Received: 18 December 2014; Accepted: 1 April 2015; Published: 1 December 2015
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