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1 September 2009 Observations on the Nesting Ecology of the Mississippi Mud Turtle, Kinosternon Subrubrum Hippocrepis Gray
Noah J. Anderson, Brian D. Horne
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Abstract

Surface nesting is common among tropical turtles, but is an uncommon and poorly documented event in temperate species. Here we report two separate instances of surface nesting in Kinosternon subrubrum (Eastern Mud Turtle), in a Louisiana swamp in November, 2001 and March, 2002. The clutches, each consisting of a single egg, were found on man-made earthen structures within a Dwarf Palmetto-hardwood floodplain. The adaptive significance of ovipositing eggs on the surface of compact clay soils is possibly related to the need for oxygen exchange between the eggshell and embryonic membranes as well as avoidance of high water-table conditions. The two nests were laid in winter months, unlike the typical May or June nesting of northern females.

Noah J. Anderson and Brian D. Horne "Observations on the Nesting Ecology of the Mississippi Mud Turtle, Kinosternon Subrubrum Hippocrepis Gray," Southeastern Naturalist 8(3), 563-565, (1 September 2009). https://doi.org/10.1656/058.008.0317
Published: 1 September 2009
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