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3 December 2021 Nesting Activity of the Chinese Softshell Turtle, Pelodiscus sinensis, on the Yellow River, Northwestern China
Qingjun Zhu, Fei Kong, Haitao Shi
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The nesting activity of the Chinese softshell turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis) in its natural habitat is largely undocumented despite its broad geographical distribution across East Asia. Here, we report on female nesting behaviors, egg incubation, and hatchling emergence of P. sinensis on the Yellow River in northwestern China. In this region, the turtle is currently threatened by overharvesting, and successful conservation strategies should include strict monitoring of hunting and trade activities.

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Qingjun Zhu, Fei Kong, and Haitao Shi "Nesting Activity of the Chinese Softshell Turtle, Pelodiscus sinensis, on the Yellow River, Northwestern China," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 20(2), 290-295, (3 December 2021). https://doi.org/10.2744/CCB-1474.1
Received: 28 September 2020; Accepted: 14 May 2021; Published: 3 December 2021
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