Data from: Road avoidance and its energetic consequences for reptiles

James Paterson, James Baxter-Gilbert, Frederic Beaudry, Sue Carstairs, Patricia Chow-Fraser, Christopher Edge, Andrew Lentini, Jacqueline Litzgus, Chantel Markle, Kassie McKeown, Jennifer Moore, Jeanine Refsnider, Julia Riley, Jeremy Rouse, David Seburn, J Zimmerling & Christina Davy
Roads are one of the most widespread human-caused habitat modifications that can increase wildlife mortality rates and alter behaviour. Roads can act as barriers with variable permeability to movement and can increase distances wildlife travel to access habitats. Movement is energetically costly, and avoidance of roads could therefore impact an animal's energy budget. We tested whether reptiles avoid roads or road crossings and explored whether the energetic consequences of road avoidance decreased individual fitness. Using...
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