Figure 17.

This male  has been in our telemetered study population longer than any other turtle. His second vertebral scute had been shaded by a transmitter housing for 15 years when photographed. Although the shaded scute exhibits a more obvious color loss, his color pattern is still pronounced. When we examined this male a decade earlier (reported in Belzer 1997) we found no color loss under his transmitter cap during the first 5 years of shade.


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