CHARACTERISTICS OF MANGROVE DIAMONDBACK TERRAPINS (MALACLEMYS TERRAPIN RHIZOPHORARUM) INHABITING ALTERED AND NATURAL MANGROVE ISLANDS

Authors

  • Brian K. Mealey
  • John D. Baldwin
  • Greta B. Parks-Mealey
  • Gregory D. Bossart
  • Michael R.J. Forstner

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17161/jnah.vi1.11898

Abstract

The Mangrove Diamondback Terrapin, (Malaclemys terrapin rhizophorarum) is dependent on a very broad array of the services provided by the mangrove ecosystem. We sought to evaluate both the turtles and their habitat by an integrated assessment of physical, chemical, and physiological parameters. Extreme site fidelity of the turtles to mangrove habitat was evident along with a strong female biased sex ratio. We provide blood serum values and microbial cultures as baselines from these turtles in the wild. Salmonella sp., a potentially zoonotic pathogen, was isolated from one female. Ultimately, the health of these turtle populations may be reflective of the integrity of the mangrove system on which they depend.

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Published

2014-01-31

How to Cite

Mealey, B. K., Baldwin, J. D., Parks-Mealey, G. B., Bossart, G. D., & Forstner, M. R. (2014). CHARACTERISTICS OF MANGROVE DIAMONDBACK TERRAPINS (MALACLEMYS TERRAPIN RHIZOPHORARUM) INHABITING ALTERED AND NATURAL MANGROVE ISLANDS. Journal of North American Herpetology, (1), 76–80. https://doi.org/10.17161/jnah.vi1.11898