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The red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) is a worldwide highly invasive species, currently introduced in most freshwater habitats as a consequence of massive pet trade. In the Iberian Peninsula, this species is competing with and displacing the endangered native Spanish terrapin (Mauremys leprosa). Sliders are considered environmentally-aggressive(More)
In the Iberian Peninsula, the red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) is an introduced invasive species that is displacing the endangered native Spanish terrapin (Mauremys leprosa). However, the nature of competitive interactions is relatively unclear. In temperate zones, mechanisms for maximizing heat retention could be selectively advantageous for(More)
The red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) is currently introduced in many Mediterranean countries, where it behaves as an invasive species that competes and displaces native populations of the endangered Spanish terrapin (Mauremys leprosa). However, the nature of competitive interactions is relatively unknown. During basking activity, factors like(More)
Sexual signals can be evolutionarily stable if they are honest and condition-dependent or costly to the signaler. One possible cost is the existence of a trade-off between maintaining physiological health and elaboration of ornaments, such that only healthier individuals may afford to produce more elaborate sexual displays. We analyzed the relationship(More)
The red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) is an introduced invasive species in many Mediterranean countries that is displacing the populations of native endangered Spanish terrapins (Mauremys leprosa). However, it is relatively unknown how potential competitive interactions could be taking place. In many freshwater turtles, semiochemicals from(More)
Sexual signals can be evolutionarily stable if they are honest and condition dependent or costly to the signaler. One possible cost is the existence of a trade-off between maintaining the immune system and the elaboration of ornaments. This hypothesis has been experimentally tested in some groups of animals but not in others such as turtles. We(More)
Righting behavior of aquatic turtles might be subject to coadaptation pressures between preferred basking temperature and locomotion, given that it is mainly performed on land and may critically determine the survival of turtles. We analyzed the effect of body temperature (T(b)) on righting performance of two species of freshwater turtles, the endangered(More)
Recent studies suggest that direct mortality and physiological effects caused by pollutants are major contributing factors to global amphibian decline. However, even sublethal concentrations of pollutants could be harmful if they combined with other factors to cause high mortality in amphibians. Here we show that sublethal concentrations of pollutants can(More)
Thermoregulatory behavior and feeding status are strongly related in ectotherms. A trade-off between maintenance of energy balance and digestion efficiency has been recently proposed to affect thermoregulation in these animals. On the other hand, competition for basking sites has been described between Iberian turtles and the introduced red-eared slider(More)
Asymmetry in motor patterns is present in a wide variety of animals. Many lateralized behaviors seem to depend on brain asymmetry, as it is the case of different tasks associated to food handling by several bird and mammal species. Here, we analyzed asymmetry in handling behavior of pine cones by red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris). Red squirrels devote most(More)