2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Science

A Turtle Community in Northeast Missouri
Mary M. Green
Dr. Don Kangas, Faculty Mentor

The primary goal of this study was to assess populations of the Illinois mud turtle (Kinosternon flavescens) and the Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) on Rose Pond, Clark County, Missouri. Both of these species are listed as state endangered. A secondary goal of this study was to determine populations of common turtle species including the western painted turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii), redeared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), and common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina serpentina). Aquatic traps and drift fences were set to catch turtles. Data collected include carapace and plastron length, pectoral scute width, and annuli. All turtles were marked with identification numbers. In 1990, the mud turtle population was estimated at 652 (471-1,060). In 2004, no population estimate was possible because only three turtles were captured without recaptures. Blanding’s turtle population estimates ranged from 11 to 33 between 1981 and 1983. In 2004, Blanding’s turtle populations were estimated at 21 (19-77).

Keywords: Kinosternon, Emydoidea, turtle, population

Topic(s):Biology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 9-1
Location: VH 1010
Time: 8:15

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