Effects of Non-native Predators on the Gopher Tortoise
- Nests within burrow aprons are more susceptible to predation than nests away from burrow
- Fire intervals of >1 year that are implemented frequently enough to maintain open sandy areas would be beneficial to nesting tortoises
- Gopher tortoise nests and hatchlings exhibit reduced survival when exposed to fire ants
Dziadzio, M. C., R. B. Chandler, L. L. Smith, and S. B. Castleberry. 2016. Impacts of red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) on nestling and hatchling gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) in Southwest Georgia, USA. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 11:527-538.
Dziadzio, M. C., L. L. Smith, R. B. Chandler, and S. B. Castleberry. 2016. Effect of nest location on gopher tortoise nest survival. The Journal of Wildlife Management 80:1314-1322.
Dziadzio, M. C., A. K. Long, L. L. Smith, R. D. Chandler, and S. B. Castleberry. 2016. Presence of the red imported fire ant at gopher tortoise nests. Wildlife Society Bulletin 40:202-206.
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