|SREL Reprint #0612|
Unusual Population Size Structure in Freshwater Turtles on Barrier Islands
Gibbons, Garfield H. Keaton, Joseph P. Schubauer, Judith L. Greene, David H.
Bennett, Joseph R. McAuliffe and Rebecca R. Sharitz
Slider turtles, Chrysemys scripta,
attain biologically and statistically significantly larger sizes on Atlantic
Coast islands than do natural populations on the mainland.
The sizes of individuals on these islands are comparable to those
reported previously for turtles from unique aquatic situation in a thermally
altered reservoir. Higher quality
diets and warmer temperatures appear to be satisfactory explanations for the
island and reservoir situations.
SREL Reprint #0612
Gibbons, J.W., G.H. Keaton, J.P. Schubauer, J.L.
Greene, D.H. Bennett, J.R. McAuliffe, and R.R. Sharitz. 1979.
Unusual population size structure in freshwater turtles on barrier
islands. Georgia Journal of Science 37:155-159.