Availability of water affects organ growth in prenatal and neonatal snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina)

  title={Availability of water affects organ growth in prenatal and neonatal snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina)},
  author={Gary C Packard and Mary J. Packard and Geoffrey F. Birchard},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology B},
We manipulated the amount of water that was available to prenatal and neonatal snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) in order to assess the impact of water on growth by different organs in these animals. Three treatments were used: (1) turtles that completed their incubation on a wet substrate, (2) turtles that completed their incubation on a dry substrate, and (3) turtles that spent a few days in water after completing incubation on a dry substrate. Turtles hatching on a dry substrate… CONTINUE READING


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