Project Leaders: Data Collection
Refer to the how-to box turtle research manual, The Box Turtle Connection, for information on collecting data.
Components of box turtle research.
Protocols – Capture & Release:
- Do not allow turtles to be introduced into your study site even if they are homeless. We want to study the native population.
- Release turtles as quickly as possible after recording data.
- Always return a turtle to the location where it was found. However, if you find a turtle in the middle of the road, you should move it about 20 feet off of the road in the direction it was facing when you found it.
Protocols – Sick & Injured Turtles:
- Note injuries and include cause if known.
- You may put epoxy and tape over injury to the shell.
- Note respiratory infections (swollen eyes, discharge from nose and mouth) and any other signs of illness or disease the turtle may be displaying.
- Record dead turtles as well. Check for and record markings on dead turtles.