Data - Leech removal is not the primary driver of basking behavior in a freshwater turtle

Donald McKnight, Wytamma Wirth, Lin Schwarzkopf & Eric Nordberg
Leaving the water to bask (usually in the sun) is a common behavior for many freshwater turtles, with some species also engaging in “nocturnal basking.” Ectoparasite removal is an obvious hypothesis to explain nocturnal basking and has also been proposed as a key driver of diurnal basking. However, the efficacy of basking, day or night, to remove leeches has not been experimentally tested. Therefore, we examined the number of leeches that were removed from Krefft’s...
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