Ants in the Nest: A Possible Emerging Pressure on Sea Turtles

Georgia’s barrier islands are an attractive location for loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) to lay their eggs. However, red imported fire ants and native ants may depress the emergence of sea turtle hatchlings, especially in nests near dune vegetation. A new study published in Environmental Entomology examines the interactions of ants with sea turtle nests and offers recommendations for reducing ant-related risks in sea turtle conservation. (Photo courtesy of Charles Braman)

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Source: Entomology Today

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