The British Herpetological Society

The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.

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pdf 07. Water loss from Trionyx triunguis eggs incubating in natural nests

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pp.115- 117

Authors: Adah Leshem And Razi Dmi'el

Abstract: In Israel, the oviparous softshell turtle Trionyx triunguis lays its eggs in nests buried in elevated sand bars along the banks of the Alexander river. We measured the temperatures and humidity prevailing in natural nests throughout the entire incubation period (78 days), and found that the eggs' hatchability was dependent upon the substrate wetness. In dry sand (water content 0. 11 per cent, water potential -2760 kPa), the eggs lost an average of 31 per cent of their initial mass and failed to hatch. In a wetter substrate, in which the water loss of the eggs did not exceed 15 per cent, the eggs hatched successfully.

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