A Short Report on the Nile Soft-Shell Turtle, Trionyx triunguis (Forsskål 1775), at Dalyan Beach, Turkey

Oğuz Türkozan, Çetin Ilgaz, Can Yılmaz

Abstract


A total of 62 emergences were recorded with 29 (46.8%) resulting in nests. The nests suffered strongly from a high rate of fox predation (93% of the nests depredated). The mean number of eggs in a clutch was 23 ± 9.23. Sixteen hatchlings were measured and weighed. The mean straight carapace length was 44.99 ± 1.93 mm and weight 11.58 ± 0.88 g. Protection measures for the survival of the species were discussed.

Keywords


Nile soft-shell turtle; Trionyx triunguis; reproductive ecology; Dalyan; Turkey

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