Mating Patterns of Critically Endangered Sea Turtle

Feb 7, 2013
The Reptile Report
by Editor in Chief

The Reptile Report - New University of East Anglia research into the mating habits of a critically endangered sea turtle will help conservationists understand more about its mating patterns.

Research published February 3 in Molecular Ecology shows that female hawksbill turtles mate at the beginning of the season and store sperm for up to 75 days to use when laying multiple nests on the beach.

It also reveals that these turtles are mainly monogamous and don’t tend to re-mate during the season.

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