Nesting Behavior and Movements of Western Pond Turtle, Clemmys marmorata

Type: journal article

Article abstract: Used radio telemetry to access nesting locations of four Western Pond Turtle from May to August 1989. Study was conducted in the Arroyo Laguna-Oak Knoll Creek drainage in San Luis Obispo, California. Habitat surrounding the arroyo is a mosaic of coastal steppe, coastal sagebrush and oakwoods. Found nests in the uplands of the arroyo hypothesized to be due to the WPT attempt to increase their reproductive success by avoiding seasonal floods washing away the eggs. Deemed the habitat corridor of up to 0.5km on either side of water courses should be protected year-round for nesting habitat and potential overwintering of the hatchlings in the nests.

Number of pages: 6

Authors: Rathbun, G.B.; Siepel, N.R.; Holland, Dan;

Journal title: The Southwestern Naturalist

Month: September

Year: 1992

Volume: 37

Number: 3

Publisher: The Southwestern Association of Naturalists


Keywords: Actinemys marmorata; animal movement; Emys marmorata; nesting behavior; radio-tracking; southwestern pond turtle;

Species: Southwestern pond turtle

Vegetation communities: coastal sage scrub; oak woodland

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