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Status and distribution of the alligator snapping turtle, Macrochelys temminckii, in Oklahoma

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dc.contributor.author Riedle, J. Daren en_US
dc.contributor.author Shipman, Paul en_US
dc.contributor.author Fox, Stanley en_US
dc.contributor.author Leslie, David Jr. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2006-08-28T20:02:13Z en_US
dc.date.available 2006-08-28T20:02:13Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2005-03 en_US
dc.identifier.citation The Southwestern Naturalist 50N1 (2005) 79-84 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0038-4909 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1850/2523 en_US
dc.description.abstract Although historic records of the alligator snapping turtle, Macrochelys temminckii, show a past distribution throughout eastern Oklahoma, little is known about the current status and distribution of this species in the state. In 1997, surveys were initiated to identify extant populations of M. temminckii and assess their relative densities and viability. We surveyed 67 sites in 15 counties, with a total effort of 1,085 net nights. A total of 63 M. temminckii was captured at 11 sites, which are only in the southeastern quarter of the state and occur only in protected or isolated locations. Because of this apparent decrease of the range of this species in Oklahoma and because so few sites exhibited capture rates high enough to suggest possible healthy populations, we conclude that dramatic population declines of M. temminckii have taken place in Oklahoma. Possible reasons for these declines include overharvest and habitat alteration. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The project was funded by the Federal Aid, Endangered Species Act under Project E-40 of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and Oklahoma State University, with additional financial and logistical support from Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge and the Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, United States Geological Survey Biological Resources Division, and the Wildlife Management Institute cooperating). en_US
dc.format.extent 35325 bytes en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Southwestern Association of Naturalists: The Southwestern Naturalist en_US
dc.subject Alligator snapping turtle en_US
dc.subject Distribution en_US
dc.subject Oklahoma en_US
dc.subject Population en_US
dc.title Status and distribution of the alligator snapping turtle, Macrochelys temminckii, in Oklahoma en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.url http://dx.doi.org/10.1894/0038-4909(2005)050<0079:SADOTA>2.0.CO;2

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