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Comparing activity and space patterns of the European pond turtle, Emys orbicularis (L., 1758) in a Venice Lagoon wetland area: implications for conservation planning and management

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Mirko Liuzzo Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali, Informatica e Statistica, Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia, Campus Scientifico, Via Torino 155, 30172 Venezia, Italy

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Stefano Borella WWF Oasi Società Unipersonale, Via Po 25/c, 00198 Roma, Italy

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Dario Ottonello Agenzia Regionale per la Protezione dell’Ambiente ligure, Via Bombrini 8, 16149 Genova, Italy

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Vincenzo Arizza Dipartimento di Scienze e Tecnologie Biologiche, Chimiche e Farmaceutiche, Sezione di Botanica, Antropologia Biologica e Zoologia, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Via Archirafi 18 e 38, 90123 Palermo, Italy

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Stefano Malavasi Dipartimento di Scienze Ambientali, Informatica e Statistica, Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia, Campus Scientifico, Via Torino 155, 30172 Venezia, Italy

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Abstract

Behavioural and spatial distribution analyses were quantified during a phase of activity and lethargy in a wild population of the European pond turtle inhabiting a protected internal wetland area of the Venice lagoon. The marked individuals (13 males and 16 females) provided informative radiotracking data to study differential patterns of activity, dispersion and habitat use between the two study periods (“October-November both 2019 and 2020” and “June-July 2020”). The differences in the movements behaviours and habitat selection were affected by period. Movements were higher in the period of activity than lethargy, but they were not influenced by sex and size. The presence of the European pond turtle in the transitional woodland/shrubs and brackish water valley habitats was significantly higher in the period of activity than lethargy. During the latter one, pond turtles were observed to brumate gregariously in a small area for brumation, usually in shallow water. In contrast, all individuals have changed water bodies during the activity period. Part of those movements has occurred towards aquatic habitat with higher salinities 1-17 (mean: 10.64 ). These findings provide a set of information to better understand the behavioural ecology of Emys orbicularis in the lagoon area. This is of relevance for management actions and for the conservation of this threatened species.

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