Life History Energetics of The Red-Eared Turtle, Pseudemys scripta in North Central Texas

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A population of the red-eared slider, Pseudemys scripta, in north central Texas was studied from 1975 to 1980. A life history energy budget was developed for a typical individual in the population and the population dynamics were estimated. A growth model relating growth rate to mean plastron length (PL) was developed from recapture data and used to 1) establish age classes and 2) age individuals. Growth rate was highly variable in both sexes. Females grew more rapidly than males and attained a larger maximum size (230 mm and 195 mm PL in females and males respectively). Females reached sexual maturity ... continued below

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Glidewell, Jerry Ray, 1945- December 1984.

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A population of the red-eared slider, Pseudemys scripta, in north central Texas was studied from 1975 to 1980. A life history energy budget was developed for a typical individual in the population and the population dynamics were estimated. A growth model relating growth rate to mean plastron length (PL) was developed from recapture data and used to 1) establish age classes and 2) age individuals. Growth rate was highly variable in both sexes. Females grew more rapidly than males and attained a larger maximum size (230 mm and 195 mm PL in females and males respectively). Females reached sexual maturity in their ninth year at a PL of 185-190 mm. Males matured in their sixth year at a PL of 90-100 mm. Females produced three clutches annually; clutch size ranged from 7 to 14 (X=10.3; N=20). Ova were enlarged in the early spring and ovulation began in late April and early May. Egg laying occurred from mid- May through June. Both egg size and clutch size increased with female body size. Lipid levels were variable within and among seasons. No annual lipid cycling pattern was evident in females. The proportion of assimilated energy devoted to reproduction, a measure of reproductive effort (RE), by females, was 13 per cent the first year of maturity (9 y) and increased to 20 per cent by their twentieth year. Lifetime RE was 16 per cent. Population density was estimated as 51 males and 50 females per ha in a 8.2-ha area of the lake. Young juveniles (less than 2 y) were not present although other subadult age classes were about equally represented. Fewer adults were encountered. An annual total production of 4000 eggs was estimated for the population present in 1977. A survival rate of from 2 to 18 per cent was estimated for the period between egg laying to 3 y. The large group of turtles younger than 10 y represented an expanding (Rₒ=1.8) lake population and the small group of older turtles were the remnants of a creek population present before Moss Lake was formed. The demographic environment, high juvenile mortality and low adult mortality, was suggested as a primary selective force shaping the life history characteristics of the Moss Lake scripta population.

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Glidewell, Jerry Ray, 1945-. Life History Energetics of The Red-Eared Turtle, Pseudemys scripta in North Central Texas, dissertation, December 1984; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc331401/: accessed August 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .