Assessment of critical habitat for common snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) in an urbanized coastal wetland

  title={Assessment of critical habitat for common snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) in an urbanized coastal wetland},
  author={Morgan L. Piczak and Patricia Chow-Fraser},
  journal={Urban Ecosystems},
Critical habitats such as nesting areas and overwintering sites are specific areas used by organisms to carry out important life functions. In many urbanized centers, critical habitats of at-risk species have often become degraded and/or fragmented because of human activities. Such is the case for the population of common snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) in Cootes Paradise Marsh, a highly urbanized ecosystem located at the western tip of Lake Ontario. In addition to these threats… 
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