Overwintering Site Fidelity in the European Pond Turtle (Emys orbicularis) in Western Poland

Bartłomiej Najbar1, Anna Najbar2, Ewa Szuszkiewicz3, Sławomir Mitrus4*
1 - Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Zielona, Góra, prof. Z. Szafrana 1, 65-516 Zielona Góra, POLAND
2 - Department of Evolutionary Biology and Conservation of Vertebrates, University of Wrocław, Sienkiewicza 21, 50-335 Wrocław, POLAND
3 - Monte Cassino 27/27, 65-001 Zielona Góra, POLAND
4 - Laboratory of Evolution and Animal Ecology, Department of Biosystematics, Opole University, Oleska 22, 45-052 Opole, POLAND
* Corresponding author: smitrus@uni.opole.pl
Abstract. The location of overwintering sites of six male and six female European pond turtles (Emys orbicularis) were studied using radiotelemetry in Western Poland, over a period of four consecutive seasons. Most of the studied individuals overwintered in the same area during the research; most distances between two consecutive overwintering sites were 0–25 m. However, changes related to the overwintering area were observed, and in such cases the distance between overwintering sites on two consecutive seasons could exceed 2 km. These results can support an efficient conservation strategy of the turtle population.
Keywords: European pond turtle, hibernation, radiotelemetry, temperature.

Ecologia Balkanica, 2015, vol. 7, Issue 2, pp. 45-49
Article № eb.15130, ICID: 1188494, [Full text - PDF]pdf

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