|SREL Reprint #1019|
Movement Patterns Among Turtle Populations: Applicability to Management of the Desert Tortoise
Long-distance movement by turtles is ascribed to
four distinct categories: (1) nest
site selection, (2) seasonal migration, (3) departure from unfavorable habitat
conditions, and (4) movement by males in search of females.
Each category is discussed in terms of its applicability to the
relocation of desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) as a
management response to habitat loss. One
conclusion is that insufficient information is available for G. agassizii
in any of the movement categories at this time and intensive research efforts
must be undertaken before relocation programs with predictable results can be
Gopherus agassizii; Emigration; Management; Movement
patterns; Nesting; Turtle
SREL Reprint #1019
Gibbons, J.W. 1986. Movement patterns among turtle populations: Applicability to management of the desert tortoise. Herpetologica 42:104-113.