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Ekologiese waarnemings van 'n Bergskilpadpopulasie, Geochelone pardalis Bell, 1828, soos aangeteken in die Soetdoring-Natuurreser-vaat in die Oranje-Vrystaat

M. Rall
Koedoe | Vol 28, No 1 | a534 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v28i1.534 | © 1985 M. Rall | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 November 1985 | Published: 28 November 1985

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M. Rall, Lekgalameetse Natuurreservaat, South Africa

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Abstract

Hierdie studie poog om vas te stel of die bergskilpad Geochelone pardalis Bell, 1828, habitatsvoorkeure asook territoriale neigings toon. Geen territorialiteit bestaan nie maar wel loopgebiede waarbinne die skilpad meeste van sy aktiwiteite bedryf. Bewegingspatrone van 'n aantal individuele skilpaaie word bespreek. This study ascertains whether the mountain tortoise Geochelone pardalis Bell, 1828, shows habitat preferences and territorial tendencies. No territorialism was found but most activities took place within a certain range. Movement patterns of a number of individual tortoises are described.

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