Description of behavioral patterns of Podocnemis erythrocephala (Spix, 1824) (Testudines: Podocnemididae)(Red-headed river turtle) in captivity, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil

Larissa Schneider, Camila Ferrara, Richard Vogt

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    Abstract

    The biology and ecology of South American turtles is still poorly known, particularly, for the Brazilian species. Laboratory studies are essential to understand the life cycles of aquatic turtles species and to help in formulating management plans for their conservation. As a contribution to the knowledge of Podocnemis erythrocephala species, we give a description of its species-typical behaviors, categorized as: maintenance, locomotion, feeding, agonistic and reproduction, based on captives observations of four pairs of turtles in an aquarium in Manaus, Brazil. Similarities and differences with the repertoires of other turtle species are discussed, concluding that turtles have much more complex adaptative strategies and social life than was believed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)763-770
    JournalActa Amazonica
    Volume40
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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