Observations on the algal genus Basicladia and the Red-Bellied Turtle
, Chrysemys rubriventris.
In 2008, roadside fencing was established along the eastern causeway (by the Alabama Department of Transportation) which has significantly reduced automobile mortality of wildlife there (especially in reptiles such as the endangered Alabama red-bellied turtle
, *Pseudemys alabamensis*).
The project will remove about 5,000 pounds of trash and transplant aquatic vegetation to revitalize red-bellied turtle
and West Indian manatee habitats.
However, hybridization could possibly occur in habitats that have low numbers of turtles between sliders and a closely related species possessing a similar niche such as the northern red-bellied turtle
, Pseudemys rubriventris.
A short list of turtles that are in trouble to one degree or another would include the bog turtle, wood turtle, spotted turtle, Blanding's turtle, red-bellied turtle
, eastern and ornate box turtles, Florida softshell turtle, alligator snapping turtle, various map turtles that live in single river systems in the South and the western pond turtle, one of the very few aquatic species found west of the Great Plains.
The most significant finding of this continuing study is the confirmation of 67 hatchlings (March-May, November), 29 adult females (most gravid; May-August), and 3 juveniles (Sept-Oct) of the Alabama red-bellied turtle
This stunning wetland is home to alligators, red-bellied turtles
and more than 300 species of birds including ospreys, eagles, pelicans and egrets.
That's sure to diminish its breeding pool and some uncommon species like spotted, Blanding's, box, and red-bellied turtles
can't withstand that extra pressure.
Research on gopher tortoises and red-bellied turtles
, and inventories of Grand Bay Savanna, Fort Bayou and Lefleur's Bluff have recently added important data for protection, management, and education purposes.