Reptiles Take the Path Less Travelled


A Blanding's Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) crossing a dirt road in Ontario, Canada.

A new paper is out! This study, led by James Paterson at Trent University, examined if reptiles change their behaviour in response to roads. Not only that but we also examined if any changes in their behaviour may be energetically costly. To do this, we collated individuals tracking data from 286 turtles and 49 snakes from 18 study sites in eastern North America.

To see a summary of our results, check out the blog post James, Christina Davy, and I put together about this paper for Ecology and Evolution's blog.

The paper can downloaded here, and please cite this article as:

Paterson JE, Baxter-Gilbert JH, Beaudry F, Carstairs S, Chow-Fraser P, Edge CB, Lentini AM, Litzgus JD, Markle CE, McKeown K, Moore JA, Refsnider JM, Riley JL, Rouse JD, Seburn DC, Zimmerling JR and Davy CM. 2019. Indirect effects of roads on reptiles: road avoidance and energetic consequences. Ecology and Evolution, doi: 10.1002/ece3.5515

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