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Chelonia senses / communication

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History

  • The order Chelonia or Testudines includes tortoises, turtles, and terrapins and is comprised of approximately 270 species, one-quarter of which reside in North America.
  • Chelonians thrive in a wide range of ecosystems.
  • Aquatic species occur in marine, brackish, and freshwater habitats, while terrestrial species reside in desert to tropical environments.
  • Understanding the natural history of a particular species of turtle maintained in captivity is critical for developing an appropriate plan for housing and husbandry Chelonia husbandry.
  • Although there is much to be learned about chelonian sensory behavior and communication, it is clear that it is complex and varies from species to species.
  • Management strategies for maintaining various chelonians in captivity should strive to allow for normal sensory behaviors to be utilized Chelonia behavior problems.

Visual communication

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Hearing

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Chemosensory systems

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Glands / glandular secretions

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Ingestive behavior

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Mohan-Gibbons H & Norton T (2010) Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins. In: Behavior of Exotic Pets. Ed: Tynes V V. Wiley-Blackwell. pp 33-43.

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