We quantified home range size and movements of hatchling and juvenile ornate box turtles (Terrapene ornata ornata) at Hawkeye Wildlife Area, Iowa, during the summer of 2011. Ten hatchlings and juveniles were followed using radio telemetry from May through July. We calculated weekly and monthly minimum convex polygon and 95% kernel home ranges using GPS coordinate data to determine whether there were differences between age classes in movement or habitat use. We also collected data on habitats and microclimates of the turtles. Juveniles had larger home ranges than did hatchlings. Turtles were usually found shaded by overhead cover.
Rachel Fendrich, ’13
Sponsor: S. Andrew McCollum