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Reproduction in Freshwater and Terrestrial Turtles of North Florida

John B. Iverson
Herpetologica
Vol. 33, No. 2 (Jun., 1977), pp. 205-212
Published by: Allen Press on behalf of the Herpetologists' League
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3891495
Page Count: 8
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Reproduction in Freshwater and Terrestrial Turtles of North Florida
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Abstract

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.

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