Data for Ornate Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata) Emergence

  • Devin Edmonds (Creator)
  • Elizabeth Bach (Creator)
  • Andrea Colton (Creator)
  • Izabelle Jaquet (Creator)
  • Ethan Kessler (Creator)
  • Michael Joseph Dreslik (Creator)



These data were used to make a predictive model of when ornate box turtles (Terrapene ornata) are likely to be above ground and at risk from fire. The data were generated using shell temperatures, soil temperatures at 0.35 m deep from known overwintering sites, and the spring and fall soil temperature inversion dates during 2019–2022 to infer if 26 individual radio-tracked turtles were above or below ground at three sites in Illinois.
Date made availableJan 1 2024
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


  • ectotherm
  • turtle
  • brumation
  • conservation
  • hibernation
  • controlled burn
  • fire management
  • reptile

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