Gopherus polyphemus (Gopher Tortoise) adult mortality

Herpetological Review
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Gopherus polyphemus has typically high adult survivorship, with some populations reaching a mean annual survivorship of 93.4% (Howell et al. 2019. J. Wildl. Manage. 84:56–65). Instances of adult mortality are not commonly reported outside of large mortality events, and most often result from disease, starvation, dehydration, or chronic stress (Gates et al. 2002. Florida Sci. 65:185– 197; Cozad et al. 2020. Front. Vet. Sci. 7:120). Adult G. polyphemus also have few natural predators, which include Canis familiaris (Domestic Dog), Canis latrans (Coyote), and Lynx rufus (Bobcat; Ashton and Ashton 2008. The Natural History and Management of the Gopher Tortoise—Gopherus polyphemus [Daudin]. Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, Florida. 275 pp.).
Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Gopherus polyphemus (Gopher Tortoise) adult mortality
Series title Herpetological Review
Volume 52
Issue 2
Year Published 2021
Language English
Publisher Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Contributing office(s) Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description 2 p.
First page 391
Last page 392
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