Myth busting? Effects of embryo positioning and egg turning on hatching success in the water snake Natrix maura

Abstract

It is a common belief that reptile eggs should not be turned after oviposition once the embryo has attached itself to the inner membrane of the shell as it might kill developing embryos. Here, we used 338 eggs from 32 clutches of the water snake Natrix maura to (1) thoroughly describe natural clutch arrangement, (2) experimentally assess the effects of… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/srep13385

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