Study

Habitat use, home range, and activity patterns of hingeback tortoises, Kinixys erosa and K. homeana, in southwestern Cameroon

  • Published source details Lawson D.P. (2006) Habitat use, home range, and activity patterns of hingeback tortoises, Kinixys erosa and K. homeana, in southwestern Cameroon. Chelonian Conservation and Biology, 5, 48-56.

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This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Translocate adult or juvenile reptiles: Tortoises, terrapins, side-necked & softshell turtles

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Reptile Conservation
  1. Translocate adult or juvenile reptiles: Tortoises, terrapins, side-necked & softshell turtles

    A controlled study in 1995–1997 in a forested, lowland protected area in Southwest Region, Cameroon (Lawson 2006) reported that a translocated forest hinge-back tortoise Kinixys erosa and two translocated Home's hinge-back tortoises Kinixys homeana survived for at least 63–443 days following release and had similar home range sizes to resident tortoises. Results were not statistically tested. The forest hinge-back survived for at least 372 days, and the Home’s hinge-backs for at least 63 and 443 days following release. Home ranges were 3–15 ha for translocated tortoises and 3–48 ha for resident tortoises. In April–June 1995, three wild-caught tortoises (one forest hinge-back and two Home’s hinge-backs) were obtained from local collectors and translocated to the study site, and in June–November 1995, six resident tortoises (three forest hinge-backs and three Home's hinge-backs) were found within the study site to monitor. All tortoises were fitted with radio-transmitters, attached to the rear edge of the top shell. Tortoises were located as often as possible in 1995, around twice/month in 1996, and around once/month in 1997. Recorded locations were used to calculate the home range size.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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