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Response of hatchling and yearling turtles to thermal gradients: Comparison of Chelydra serpentina and Trachemys scripta

Journal of Thermal Biology

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https://doi.org/10.1016/S0306-4565(99)00027-3

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Abstract

In laboratory tests, young Chelydra serpentina and Trachemys scripta altered their distribution in the presence of a temperature gradient. Selection of temperatures in the gradient for hatchlings and yearlings showed that body temperatures (Tbs) of C. serpentina were lower than T. scripta, but the difference was insignificant. Relatively low Tbs could allow greater activity range and reduced metabolic maintenance cost for C. serpentina, which seldom leaves water.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Response of hatchling and yearling turtles to thermal gradients: Comparison of Chelydra serpentina and Trachemys scripta
Series title:
Journal of Thermal Biology
DOI:
10.1016/S0306-4565(99)00027-3
Volume:
25
Issue:
3
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Publisher:
Elsevier
Contributing office(s):
Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
Description:
5 p.
First page:
221
Last page:
225