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Reproduction in Freshwater and Terrestrial Turtles of North Florida
John B. Iverson
Vol. 33, No. 2 (Jun., 1977), pp. 205-212
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3891495
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Reproductive data for the freshwater and terrestrial turtle species found in north Florida is presented. Reproductive strategies range from production of a single, small clutch annually (as in Terrapene carolina) to continuous production of large clutches throughout the year (as in Chrysemys floridana). Turtle size is positively correlated with both clutch size and estimated annual fecundity. Unstandardized egg volume is positively correlated with turtle size and clutch size. Relative egg volume (standardized to turtle size) is negatively correlated with clutch size. The relationship of habitat to reproductive strategy is discussed.
Herpetologica © 1977 Herpetologists' League