Some recently published articles about gopher tortoises and upland communities in the Southeast. Also check out GTC's Education & Outreach for more literature, including snake and tortoise bibliographies!

Bennett, M.E., R.A. Gitzen, L.M. Conner, M.D. Smith, E.C. Soehren, and S.B. Castleberry. 2020. Interactions of Soil and Vegetation Determine Habitat for Southeastern Pocket Gopher (Geomys pinetis). American Midland Naturalist 184(2):205-221.

Bogan, J.E., C. Cray, M. Rick, and F.B. Antonio. 2020. Comparison of Selected Blood Parameters of Captive Eastern Indigo Snakes (Drymarchon couperi) Housed Indoors vs. Outdoors in Central Florida, USA. Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery 30(3):165-172.

Godley, S.J., J.L. Hofkes, and C.M. Reilly. 2020. Minimum Density Estimates of Terrestrial Snakes in the Munson Sandhills Adjoining Apalachicola National Forest, Florida. Herpetological Review 51(2):221–226. Find article here.

Goessling, J.M., J.M. Stober, S.G. Gyengo, S.M. Hermann, T.D. Tuberville, and C. Guyer. 2021. Implications from Monitoring Gopher Tortoises at Two Spatial Scales. Journal of Wildlife Management https://doi.org/10.1002/jwmg.21966.

Haro, D., L.D. McBrayer, J.B. Jensen, J.M. Gillis, L.R. Bonewell, M.G. Nafus, S.E. Greiman, R.N. Reed, and A.A. Yackel Adams. 2020. Evidence for an established population of tegu lizards (Salvator merianae) in southeastern Georgia, USA. Southeastern Naturalist 19(4):649–662. https://doi.org/10.1656/058.019.0404.

Howze, J.M., and L.L. Smith. 2021. The influence of prescribed fire on site selection in snakes in the longleaf pine ecosystem. Forest Ecology and Management https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2020.118703.

Kelley, M.D., Mendonça, M.T. 2020. Mental gland secretions as a social cue in gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus): tortoise presence stimulates and maintains social behaviour with chemical cues. Acta Ethology https://doi.org/10.1007/s10211-020-00353-8.

Paden, L.M and K.M. Andrews. 2020. Modification and validation of low-cost recreational GPS loggers for tortoises. Wildlife Society Bulletin https://doi.org/10.1002/wsb.1126.

Paden, L., K.M. Andrews, C. Candal, and J.F. Renner. 2020. Use of prescribed fire to increase detectability of gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) burrows prior to relocation. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 15(2): 448–456.

Smith, L.L., J.M. Howze, J.S. Staiger, E.R. Sievers, D. Burr, and K.M. Enge. 2020. Added Value: Gopher Tortoise Surveys Provide Estimates of Gopher Frog Abundance in Tortoise Burrows. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management. Find article here.

 

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