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Title:Unique Plastron Patterns of the State-endangered Blanding’s Turtle
Author(s):Mumm, Lauren
Subject(s):Veterinary Medicine
Wildlife Epidemiology Lab
Abstract:Blanding’s turtles (Emydoideablandingii), an endangered species in Illinois, have experienced range-wide declines due to habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation. The unique patterns on the plastron (bottom shell) along with hand-filed notches on the carapace (top shell) allow for identification of individual turtles. My research involved tracking, trapping or incidentally finding Blanding’s turtles in an area with a known existing population and establishing a baseline health assessment to aid in conservation efforts in Lake County, IL. Working with Lake County Forest Preserve District and through the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Wildlife Epidemiology Lab we collected blood and oral swabs for testing the wellness of both individuals and populations. By monitoring health our objective is to establish criteria that can be integrated into future conservation assessments of wild and captive populations.
Issue Date:2018-04
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URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/99829
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Lauren Mumm
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-04-30


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