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5 June 2019 First Report of Female Giant South American River Turtles (Podocnemis expansa) Being Buried Alive During Nesting
Priscila Saikoski Miorando, Roberto Victor Lacava, Raphael Alves Fonseca
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Podocnemis expansa is the only freshwater turtle species that presents a social nesting behavior in South America, where thousands of females congregate on nesting beaches. We recorded the death of 15 females that were found fully or partially buried by other females at a gregarious nesting site from 2013 to 2017 on 2 beaches of the Tabuleiro of Monte Cristo, Pará, Brazil; another 2 buried females were rescued while still alive. This is the first study to quantify and record biometrical information of females' deaths not caused by predation or harvesting in a nesting area.

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Priscila Saikoski Miorando, Roberto Victor Lacava, and Raphael Alves Fonseca "First Report of Female Giant South American River Turtles (Podocnemis expansa) Being Buried Alive During Nesting," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 18(1), 82-85, (5 June 2019). https://doi.org/10.2744/CCB-1314.1
Received: 2 April 2018; Accepted: 11 September 2018; Published: 5 June 2019
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