Study

Reproductive and hatchling ecology of the Alabama red-bellied cooter (Pseudemys alabamensis): implications for conservation and management

  • Published source details Nelson D.H., Langford G.J., Borden J.A. & Turner W.M. (2009) Reproductive and hatchling ecology of the Alabama red-bellied cooter (Pseudemys alabamensis): implications for conservation and management. Chelonian Conservation and Biology, 8, 66-73.

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Head-start wild-caught reptiles for release: Tortoises, terrapins, side-necked & softshell turtles

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  1. Head-start wild-caught reptiles for release: Tortoises, terrapins, side-necked & softshell turtles

    A study in 2004–2005 in a river delta site and a captive setting in Alabama, USA (Nelson et al. 2009) found that six head-started Alabama red-bellied cooters Pseudemys alabamensis grew and survived 16 months in captivity before they were released. Six wild hatchlings brought into captivity increased their weight from 15 g to 311 g and their size (carapace length) from 38 mm to 126 mm over 16 months. In 2004–2005, six hatchlings were rescued from a causeway near some nesting sites and were brought into captivity. Hatchlings were raised in a 55 gallon aquarium for 16 months and released near their point of capture.

    (Summarised by: William Morgan)

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