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The Flatback Turtle, Chelonia depressa Garman in Southeast Queensland, Australia

Colin J. Limpus
Herpetologica
Vol. 27, No. 4 (Dec., 1971), pp. 431-446
Published by: Allen Press on behalf of the Herpetologists' League
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3891281
Page Count: 16
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The Flatback Turtle, Chelonia depressa Garman in Southeast Queensland, Australia
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Abstract

In southeast Queensland the nesting of Chelonia depressa is confined to the summer months, October to January. Mating occurs at the beginning of the season. Up to 4 clutches of about 50 large eggs are laid at about 15 day intervals per season. Incubation period averages 53 days with 80% to 90% success. Foxes, dingos and monitor lizards are significant terrestrial predators. A summary of the scalation of the southeast Queensland population is given.

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