ABSTRACT

Relative abundance of the Travancore tortoise, Indotestudo travancorica, was assessed in 5 localities within the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, India, from December 2002 to March 2003. Relative abundance varied with site and season, but the overall mean search effort for this study was only 3.4 man-hours/tortoise. Morphometric data were collected from 49 adults and 3 juveniles; sexual differences in carapace shape (elongated in males, ovoid in females) and variations in carapace color (darker in mesic habitats) were also observed.

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