ABSTRACT

Between 1997 and 2001, we observed nesting behavior following oxytocin-induced oviposition in 10 three-toed box turtles. Oviposition preceded nesting behavior by 0.5–17 days. Three turtles oviposited subsequent clutches (without oxytocin induction) a mean of 30 days after the oxytocin injections but only 22 days after they constructed empty nests. The mean internesting interval was 21 days between consecutive ovipositions without oxytocin induction by these 3 females in the same and subsequent seasons.

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