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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