Fig. 8A. 286 g male, Jul 2004, at end of 24 mo indoor headstart.
Fig. 8B. Same male as 8A, age 48 mo, Jul 2006, 308g. Color in
sun-exposed region of carapace after 24 mo outdoors is obvious. Transmitter
cap removal in Apr 2006 allowed insolation of the region of carapace between
the cap-anchoring flaps to belatedly begin. Note that color development
seen in this photo has already begun to diminish the pigment deficit in previously
shaded vertebral scutes 4 and 5 after only 3 mo exposure to sun.
Fig. 8C. Same male, aged 62 mo, Sep 2007, 400 g. Color
development, in previously shaded zone, now well advanced 17 mo after cap
Fig. 8D. Same male, age 74 mo, Sep 2008, 462 g. Color
development in previously shaded zone, now virtually complete 29 mo after
cap was removed.
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color development in the eastern box turtle carapace.
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