Turtle PIT Tagging Protocol for the Northeastern U.S.
The NEPARC Turtle Working Group, in partnership with several other groups, produced a Turtle PIT Tagging Protocol for the Northeastern U.S.
As more researchers use PIT tag technology, there is an interest in standardizing methodology among teams working with turtles in the Northeast in order to facilitate collaboration and the effectiveness of potential law enforcement efforts. This PIT tagging protocol was developed by collecting information from biologists who have PIT tagged turtles, and by surveying veterinarians with reptile expertise. This protocol is not an instructional on how to PIT tag turtles. It is the responsibility of all those that intend to carry out PIT tagging to consult with experienced veterinarians and/or researchers in order to obtain the expertise necessary. All necessary governmental permits and IACUC permits should be obtained prior to commencement of any research involving turtles.