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Clemmys guttata (spotted turtle). Habitat use

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Oxenrider, Kevin J.; Heres, Berlynna M.; Brown, Donald J.

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Herpetological Review 49(3): 525-526.


Clemmys guttata is known to inhabit a wide variety of wetland types, such as shallow grassy marshes, forest swamps, ponds, and even bays of large lakes (Ernst 1976. J. Herpetol. 10:25–33; Litzgus and Brooks 2000. J. Herpetol. 34:178–185; Stevenson et. al. 2015. Chelon. Conserv. Biol. 14:136–142). C. guttata populations inhabiting wetland complexes often display seasonal shifts in habitat use (Ward et. al. 1976. Herpetologica 32:60–64; Beaudry et. al. 2009. J. Herpetol. 43:636–645). Individuals have also been documented moving among wetlands over short time intervals, sometimes remaining within a wetland for only one day (Haxton and Berrill 2001. J. Herpetol. 35:606–614). Previous studies indicate that movement among wetlands typically involves walking through terrestrial habitat, sometimes traveling up to 250 m from water (Ernst, op. cit.; Litzgus and Brooks, op. cit.; Rasmussen and Litzgus 2010. Copeia 2010:86–96).


Oxenrider, Kevin J.; Heres, Berlynna M.; Brown, Donald J. 2018. Clemmys guttata (spotted turtle). Habitat use. Herpetological Review 49(3): 525-526.

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