ABSTRACT

We examined the prevalence (% of turtles examined) of leeches (Placobdella parasitica) and algae (likely Arnoldiella sp.) on Chrysemys picta found in 4 recently created ponds in central Ohio. Chrysemys picta in ponds with fish were less likely to have leeches and more likely to have algae than those in ponds without fish. Across all ponds, males and females did not differ in leech or algal prevalence, whereas adults were more likely to have leeches than juveniles, but did not differ in algal prevalence.

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