Translocation of animals to new habitats is a common conservation management strategy but is of uncertain effectiveness. Terrapene c. carolina (Eastern Box Turtle) are often the subject of translocation efforts. To understand the effectiveness of this strategy, we radio-tracked 19 translocated and 7 resident Eastern Box Turtles to assess movement patterns and habitat use, including hibernacula selection. Using data collected over 4 years from a nature reserve in New York, we compared home range, maximum distance traveled, and total distance traveled for both translocated and resident turtles. We found no difference between translocated or resident turtles or between sexes for any of these measures. These results suggest that translocated turtles at this site adapted well to their new habitat.
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Vol. 24 • No. 3