The underestimated giants: operant conditioning, visual discrimination and long-term memory in giant tortoises

  title={The underestimated giants: operant conditioning, visual discrimination and long-term memory in giant tortoises},
  author={Tamar Gutnick and Anton Weissenbacher and Michael J Kuba},
  journal={Animal Cognition},
Relatively little is known about cognition in turtles, and most studies have focused on aquatic animals. Almost nothing is known about the giant land tortoises. These are visual animals that travel large distances in the wild, interact with each other and with their environment, and live extremely long lives. Here, we show that Galapagos and Seychelle tortoises, housed in a zoo environment, readily underwent operant conditioning and we provide evidence that they learned faster when trained in… Expand
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