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Title: Internal Body Temperatures of an Overwintering Adult Terrapene carolina (Eastern Box Turtle)

Abstract

Terrapene carolina (Eastern Box Turtle) is the only turtle species in which adults are known to be tolerant of freezing. We report the first systematically collected data on internal body temperatures of an overwintering Eastern Box Turtle. Despite nearby air temperatures as low as -21.8 °C, this turtle probably supercooled rather than froze. Snow cover, thermal inertia, and the insulating effects of its refugium’s substrate may have protected this turtle from the very cold conditions.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [1];  [3]
  1. Hofstra Univ., Hempstead, NY (United States). Dept. of Biology
  2. Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, NY (United States)
  3. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
OSTI Identifier:
1342643
Report Number(s):
BNL-113456-2017-JA
Journal ID: ISSN 1092-6194
Grant/Contract Number:
SC0012704
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Northeastern Naturalist
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 23; Journal Issue: 3; Journal ID: ISSN 1092-6194
Publisher:
Eagle Hill Institute
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Citation Formats

Burke, Russell L., Calle, Paul P., Figueras, Miranda P., and Green, Timothy M. Internal Body Temperatures of an Overwintering Adult Terrapene carolina (Eastern Box Turtle). United States: N. p., 2016. Web. doi:10.1656/045.023.0304.
Burke, Russell L., Calle, Paul P., Figueras, Miranda P., & Green, Timothy M. Internal Body Temperatures of an Overwintering Adult Terrapene carolina (Eastern Box Turtle). United States. doi:10.1656/045.023.0304.
Burke, Russell L., Calle, Paul P., Figueras, Miranda P., and Green, Timothy M. 2016. "Internal Body Temperatures of an Overwintering Adult Terrapene carolina (Eastern Box Turtle)". United States. doi:10.1656/045.023.0304. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1342643.
@article{osti_1342643,
title = {Internal Body Temperatures of an Overwintering Adult Terrapene carolina (Eastern Box Turtle)},
author = {Burke, Russell L. and Calle, Paul P. and Figueras, Miranda P. and Green, Timothy M.},
abstractNote = {Terrapene carolina (Eastern Box Turtle) is the only turtle species in which adults are known to be tolerant of freezing. We report the first systematically collected data on internal body temperatures of an overwintering Eastern Box Turtle. Despite nearby air temperatures as low as -21.8 °C, this turtle probably supercooled rather than froze. Snow cover, thermal inertia, and the insulating effects of its refugium’s substrate may have protected this turtle from the very cold conditions.},
doi = {10.1656/045.023.0304},
journal = {Northeastern Naturalist},
number = 3,
volume = 23,
place = {United States},
year = 2016,
month = 9
}

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