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Body temperature of free-living freshwater turtles, Hydromedusa maximiliani (Testudines, Chelidae)

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Field body temperatures of the Maximilian's snake-necked turtle, Hydromedusa maximiliani, a small freshwater turtle species endemic to Atlantic rainforest mountainous regions in Brazil, were studied. Turtle body temperatures and water temperatures were significantly related, but turtle body temperature averaged 1°C higher than stream water temperature, this difference being statistically significant. A multivariate model revealed that only water temperature was significantly related to turtle body temperature while body size had no effect. There was no effect of sex and life stage on turtle body temperature, implying that water temperature was the main factor determining body temperatures. Thermoconformity was verified for all sampled individuals. The broad implications of these results are also discussed.

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2006-08-01
2016-12-05

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