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1 June 2012 Nest Guarding in the Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)
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Nest guarding is rarely observed among reptiles. Specifically, turtles and tortoises are generally perceived as providing no nest protection once the eggs are laid. Here, we describe observations of nest guarding by female gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus).

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Andrew M. Grosse, Kurt A. Buhlmann, Bess B. Harris, Brett A. DeGregorio, Brett M. Moule, Robert V. Horan III, and Tracey D. Tuberville "Nest Guarding in the Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)," Chelonian Conservation and Biology 11(1), 148-151, (1 June 2012). https://doi.org/10.2744/CCB-0895.1
Received: 20 October 2010; Accepted: 1 September 2011; Published: 1 June 2012
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