Abstract

Road mortality of South African tortoises has not been evaluated. I recorded the number and distribution of remains of Homopus femoralis directly along 8.4 km of tar road with low traffic volume in the Karoo, South Africa. I identified 48 carcasses, with a relatively high number found along 1.5 km of road. Multiple dry culverts already present under this stretch of road provide an opportunity to reduce mortality by adding structures to guide tortoises to the underpasses.

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