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Data from an investigation of turtle basking behavior in the Atchafalaya Basin of south-central Louisiana in 2021


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Glorioso, B.M., 2022, Data from an investigation of turtle basking behavior in the Atchafalaya Basin of south-central Louisiana in 2021: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


The dataset is comprised of game camera photos taken at known turtle basking structures in the Atchafalaya Basin's Little Alabama Bayou in south-central Louisiana. There was a spring camera deployment in April 2021 and a fall camera deployment in October 2021. Three game cameras were used in each deployment and photos were taken every two minutes for seven days for each camera. The photos in this release are those in which turtles, or other vertebrates, can be seen. Photos with no vertebrates were excluded from the release and do not provide any data.


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Brad M Glorioso
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Brad M Glorioso
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Brad M Glorioso
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U.S. Geological Survey
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U.S. Geological Survey - ScienceBase
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Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
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These data are part of an international effort led by Australian researchers to examine basking timing in turtles across the world, especially as it relates to areas both having and not having crocodilians, a potential predator of turtles. The Australians recently discovered some turtles perched on woody structures out of the water at night and surmised that this behavior was possibly to avoid predation by nocturnal crocodilians as it would not serve its typical thermoregulatory function at night.
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DOI doi:10.5066/P99RB8XY

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