Habitat use by five turtle species in the middle Mississippi River

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  • The Mississipi River is known to being extremely modified. Does this have an effect on aquatic species in the waters?
  • Do to such modifications, many species of turtles have been examined depending on which habitat they situate in
  • Some species of turtles like to be in shallow waters. Some love the main channel wings or even tributary mouths. Many are suitable in open or closed side channels. It all varies on the turtle
  • heading out to the tributaries with soft or silt substrates!
  • yeah so i'm going to stay in the main channel because i'm always captured in the tributaries
  • The Long Term Resource Monitoring Program wanted to examine 5 different species of turtles within different habitats. They observed the false map turtle, Red-earned slider, Snapping turtle, Smooth shell turtle and Spiny Softshell turtle.
  • THANK GOD THEY BARELY CATCH MY SPECIES, FALSE MAP TURTLES CANNOT SURVIVE IN SHALLOW WATERS
  • haha gotcha!
  • GOD DAMN, I SHOULD HAVE STAYED IN THE MAIN CHANNELS, MY SPECIES ARE ALWAYS GETTING CAUGHT HERE
  • It's best for us to stay in low velocity and shallow waters. We're most suitable here.... even though the map turtles are always getting captured
  • oh no! we need to get back to the shallow, slow waters. That's one of the most sustainable habitats for us to grow, survive and reproduce
  • has this been modified by sedimentation, dredging, and channel training structures?
  • let get out of here! it's been concluded that some of the turtles species can endangered in such modified habitats!
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