|SREL Reprint #0908|
of Activity and Movement in the Yellow-bellied Slider Turtle (Pseudemys scripta)
J. Morreale, J. Whitfield Gibbons, and Justin D. Congdon
Activity levels throughout the year and movement
patterns of individually marked slider turtles (Pseudemys scripta)
were studied in three aquatic systems on the Savannah River Plant in South
Carolina. An hypothesis was
proposed to explain the differential movements and activity levels of the sexes,
based on the assumption that reproductive strategies modify movements and
activity. Males were more active
than females in early spring and late autumn.
Significantly more males exhibited both terrestrial movements and aquatic
movements >1 km. In addition,
the longest movements were made exclusively by males.
These data support the hypothesis that patterns of activity in this
species are associated with differential reproductive strategies of the sexes.
SREL Reprint #0908
Morreale, S.J., J.W. Gibbons, and J.D. Congdon. 1984. Significance of
activity and movement in the yellow-bellied slider turtle (Pseudemys scripta).
Canadian Journal of Zoology 62:1038-1042