Exploring the Hibernating Behaviour of Smooth Softshell Turtles

Prof Plummer investigates the hibernating behaviour of softshell turtles.

In contrast with other species of aquatic turtles, softshell turtles cannot survive long without oxygen and this affects how they hibernate in the winter. Instead of fully burying themselves into the substrate at the bottom of a body of water and staying there, they must periodically raise parts of their body above the sediment to breathe in oxygen that is […]

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