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Baker, R. E., & Gillingham, J. C. (1983). An analysis of courtship behavior in blanding's turtle, emydoidea blandingi. Herpetologica, 39 (2), 166–173. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
BibTeX citation key: Baker1983a
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Categories: General
Keywords: Emydidae, Emydoidea, Emydoidea blandingii, Fortpflanzung = reproduction, Schildkröten = turtles + tortoises, Verhalten = ethology
Creators: Baker, Gillingham
Collection: Herpetologica
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Abstract     
Over 100 courtship encounters involving 32 Blanding's turtles, Emydoidea blandingi , were observed under seminatural conditions and the data were analyzed by cinematographic techniques. Eight mutually exlcusive motor patterns are described for males. A definite sequence is necessary in order for mating to occur. Following initial chasing and mounting, the male exhibits a series of tactile, visual and (possibly) olfactory displays that lead either to termination of the sequence by the female or to copulation. Five copulations were observed, in each case only after tail extension by the female. The behavior of E. blandingi is compared with that of other emydine turtles.
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