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Project update2013-12-12

Posted 12.12.2013 - View comments

Otherwise peaceful, during the time of reproduction the rivalries emerge now between the males engaging in violent combats with two results: either one of the males flee or it ends up on its back.

Our intervention within this time is very scarce but vital. We turn systematically all the males around that find themselves on their backs. This position could be fatale to them: The shell of the male is flatter than the females and turning around by them is sometimes a challenge. Their lungs are squeezed and they can die of asphyxiation or dehydration (as the turtles find themselves exposed to the strong heat during the daytime).