The locations and movements of ornate box turtles were monitored using radio telemetry from May 1998 until October 1998. The locations of twelve individuals were recorded two to three times weekly to document the home ranges and the habitats used during the summer. Home ranges varied from 25 m 2 to 0.5 km 2 with some individuals showing signs of multiple home ranges. Individuals within this population utilized agricultural areas, woodlands, shrubs, and sand prairie habitats both on and off the study site. Males were found to have significantly larger home ranges than females, a finding which contradicts earlier studies. Results from this study also suggest a high population density at our study site, but further research is needed to fully document the size of this ornate box turtle population.
Andrew Bauch, ’99 Traer, IA
Sponsor: Robert Black