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1 June 2005 Cues Used by Raccoons to Find Turtle Nests: Effects of Flags, Human Scent, and Diamond-Backed Terrapin Sign
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Abstract

We simulated nests constructed in an area heavily used by ovipositing Diamond-backed Terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) and foraging raccoons (Procyon lotor), to investigate the cues used by raccoons to locate terrapin nests. Marking nests with flags did not increase predation rates, and human scent decreased predation rates. Raccoons seemed to locate nests based on soil disturbance, ocean-water scent, or a combination of these cues.

Russell L. Burke, Christine M. Schneider, and Michael T. Dolinger "Cues Used by Raccoons to Find Turtle Nests: Effects of Flags, Human Scent, and Diamond-Backed Terrapin Sign," Journal of Herpetology 39(2), 312-315, (1 June 2005). https://doi.org/10.1670/199-03N
Accepted: 1 February 2005; Published: 1 June 2005
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