Translator Disclaimer
1 June 2010 Population and Thermal Ecology of Testudo hermanni hermanni in the Tolfa Mountains of Central Italy
Author Affiliations +
Abstract

Herman's tortoise, Testudo h. hermanni, is an endangered subspecies in Italy, France, and Spain. We studied a Herman's tortoise population in the Riserva Naturale Regionale Monterano in the Tolfa Mountains of central Italy. We found that, unlike most other studies of this and related species, sex ratios were 1∶1, and half the population was made up of juveniles. Sexual maturity was reached at 12 years in males and 12–13 years in females, and females were significantly larger. Tortoises greatly preferred open maquis habitat over other habitat types and thermoregulated so that body temperatures stayed consistently above ambient temperatures, especially under low ambient temperature conditions. Presence of ticks was significantly associated with an index of thermoregulatory behavior. We suggest that maintenance of open maquis habitat in this reserve is essential to high hatchling production and effective thermoregulation.

Ernesto Filippi, Lorenzo Rugiero, Massimo Capula, Russell L. Burke, and Luca Luiselli "Population and Thermal Ecology of Testudo hermanni hermanni in the Tolfa Mountains of Central Italy," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 9(1), (1 June 2010). https://doi.org/10.2744/CCB-0776.1
Received: 28 April 2009; Accepted: 1 March 2010; Published: 1 June 2010
JOURNAL ARTICLE
7 PAGES


SHARE
ARTICLE IMPACT
RIGHTS & PERMISSIONS
Get copyright permission
Back to Top