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Volume 1 (1993–1995)


Volume 1, Number 1 – November 1993


Editorial: A new turtle and tortoise journal. JOHN L. BEHLER, PETER C.H. PRITCHARD, AND ANDERS G.J. RHODIN     2


Conservation biology of the pig-nosed turtle, Carettochelys insculpta. ARTHUR GEORGES AND MARK ROSE     3

Status and exploitation of the Madagascan big-headed turtle, Erymnochelys madagascariensis. GERALD KUCHLING AND RUSSELL A. MITTERMEIER     13

Distribution, osteology, and natural history of the Asian giant softshell turtle, Pelochelys bibroni, in Papua New Guinea. ANDERS G.J. RHODIN, RUSSELL A. MITTERMEIER, AND PHILIP M. HALL     19

Carapacial pankinesis in the Malayan softshell turtle, Dogania subplana. PETER C.H. PRITCHARD     31

On growth, sexual dimorphism, and the general ecology of the African spurred tortoise, Geochelone sulcata, in Mali. MICHAEL R.K. LAMBERT     37

Notes and Field Reports

Range extension for Emydura subglobosa in Papua New Guinea. ANDERS G.J. RHODIN     47

A ranching project for freshwater turtles in Costa Rica. PETER C.H. PRITCHARD     48

New localities for Pyxis planicauda in west-central Madagascar. JOHN L. BEHLER, QUENTIN M.C. BLOXAM, EDMOND R. RAKOTOVAO, AND HERILALA J.A.R. RANDRIAMAHAZO     49

Reunion Island – still a land of tortoises. JUAN GONZALEZ GONZALEZ     51


On the distribution, relative abundance and protection of tortoises in Bulgaria. VLADIMIR A. BESHKOV [1984]. Translation from Bulgarian arranged by JAMES R. BUSKIRK     53

Newsnotes and Announcements

International conference on conservation, restoration, and management of turtles and tortoises. MICHAEL W. KLEMENS, KRISTIN H. BERRY, AND SUZANNE DOHM     63

Bibliographic database of chelonian literature established. ANDERS G.J. RHODIN, KENT R. BEAMAN, AND LORI A. DICONZA     64

Chelonian Research Foundation Linnaeus Fund: 1992 grant recipients. ANDERS G.J. RHODIN     64


IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group 1993 membership list.     67


Volume 1, Number 2 – July 1994




The Mary River tortoise: a new genus and species of short-necked chelid from Queensland, Australia (Testudines; Pleurodira). JOHN CANN AND JOHN M. LEGLER     81

Activity patterns and habitat use of box turtles (Terrapene carolina bauri) on a Florida island, with recommendations for management. C. KENNETH DODD, JR., RICHARD FRANZ, AND LORA L. SMITH     97

The ecology of sea beach nesting in slider turtles (Trachemys scripta venusta) from Caribbean Costa Rica. DON MOLL     107

Morphometric analysis and taxonomy of cooter and red-bellied turtles in the North American genus Pseudemys (Emydidae). MICHAEL E. SEIDEL     117

Comments on Chinemys palaeannamitica and certain other chelonian taxa based upon material from archaeological sites. PETER C.H. PRITCHARD     131

Notes and Field Reports

Husbandry and captive breeding of the parrot-beaked tortoise, Homopus areolatus. JAMES E. BARZYK     138

Thermal limits of incubation in embryos of softshell turtles (Apalone mutica). MICHAEL V. PLUMMER, CHRIS E. SHADRIX, AND REBEKAH C. COX     141

Reproduction of the cabeçudo, Peltocephalus dumerilianus, in the Biological Reserve of Rio Trombetas, Pará, Brazil. RICHARD C. VOGT, VITOR HUGO CANTARELLI, AND ALBERTO GUERREIRO DE CARVALHO     145

Maximum size and clutch size records for eastern painted turtles, Chrysemys picta picta, from mid-coastal Maine. ANDERS G.J. RHODlN AND GLEN H. MITTELHAUSER     148


Status and conservation prospects of Testudo graeca L. inhabiting the Black Sea coast of the Caucasus. ALEXANDER A. INOZEMTSEV AND SOLOMON L. PERESHKOLNlK. [1985]. Translation from Russian by MARINA PROUTKINA, arranged by DEWEY I. WALLACE     151

Commentaries and Reviews

Temperature controlled sex determination as a tool for turtle conservation. RICHARD C. VOGT     159

Newsnotes and Announcements

Turtle and tortoise papers presented at the Second World Congress of Herpetology.     163

Chelonia Neotropica – a new turtle and tortoise newsletter from Brazil. ALINE TRISTAO BERNARDES    165

Chelonian Research Foundation Linnaeus Fund: 1993 grant recipients. ANDERS G.J. RHODIN     166


Volume 1, Number 3 – January 1995




Movements and home range of hatchling and yearling gopher tortoises, Gopherus polyphemus. JOSEPH A. BUTLER, RAY D. BOWMAN, TODD W. HULL, AND SCOTT SOWELL     173

Reproductive biology of the chopontil, Claudius angustatus (Testudines: Kinosternidae), in southern Veracruz, Mexico. OSCAR A. FLORES-VILLELA AND GEORGE R. ZUG     181

Early post-emergent behavior and habitat selection in hatchling Blanding’s turtles, Emydoidea blandingii, in Massachusetts. BRIAN O. BUTLER AND TERRY E. GRAHAM     187

An assessment of the effects of commercial exploitation on the pancake tortoise, Malacochersus tornieri, in Tanzania. MICHAEL W. KLEMENS AND DON MOLL     197

Habitat use and population parameters of the spotted turtle, Clemmys guttata, a Species of Special Concern in Massachusetts. TERRY E. GRAHAM     207

Observations and morphometric data on the Namaqualand speckled tortoise, Homopus signatus signatus (Gmelin, 1789), in South Africa. NICOLAS BAYOFF     215

Notes and Field Reports

Exploitation of the alligator snapping turtle, Macroclemys temminckii, in Louisiana: a case study. KEVIN SLOAN AND JEFFREY E. LOVICH     221

Turtles at a market in western Yunnan: possible range extensions for some southern Asiatic chelonians in China and Myanmar. GERALD KUCHLING     223

Reproductive biology of the Indian roofed turtle, Kachuga tecta, in Bangladesh. MD. LOKMAN HOSSAIN AND MD. SOHRAB UDDIN SARKER     226

Incubation period and sex ratio of Hermann’s tortoise, Testudo hermanni boettgeri. BERT T. EENDEBAK     227

Growth of head-started Kemp’s ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) following release. CHARLES W. CAILLOUET, JR., CLARK T. FONTAINE, SHARON A. MANZELLA-TIRPAK, AND THEODORE D. WILLIAMS     231


Population density of the steppe tortoise in some regions of the Almaty and Taldyqorghan Districts, Kazakhstan. RUDOLF A. KUBYKIN. [1988]. Translation from Russian by CHERYL A. WHlTE, arranged by JAMES R. BUSKIRK     235

Commentaries and Reviews

Manipulating sex ratios: turtle speed ahead! N. MROSOVSKY AND MATTHEW H. GODFREY     238

Workshop on the ecology, status, and management of the diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin), Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, 2 August 1994: final results and recommendations. Compiled by RICHARD A. SEIGEL AND J. WHITFIELD GIBBONS     240

Turtle issues at CITES 1994. PETER C.H. PRITCHARD     243

In Memoriam. Leo Brongersma — an appreciation. PETER C.H. PRITCHARD     244

Newsnotes and Announcements

Chelonian Research Foundation Linnaeus Fund: 1994 grant recipients. ANDERS G.J. RHODIN     248

Research activities of the Sea Turtle Research Unit (SEATRU) of Universiti Pertanian Malaysia. SEA TURTLE RESEARCH UNIT     248

Centre de Reproducció de Tortugues de l’Albera in Spain. RAMON MASCORT BRUGAROLAS     249

New publication on turtle and tortoise trade in the United States. ALLEN SALZBERG     250

Chelonian Research Monographs, a new publication series by Chelonian Research Foundation. ANDERS G.J. RHODIN     250


Volume 1, Number 4 – August 1995


On geographical size variation, growth, and sexual dimorphism of the leopard tortoise, Geochelone pardalis, in Somaliland. MICHAEL R.K. LAMBERT     269

Mycoplasmosis and the desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) in Las Vegas Valley, Nevada. ELLIOTT R. JACOBSON, MARY B. BROWN, ISABELLA M. SCHUMACHER, BOBBY R. COLLINS, RICHARD K. HARRIS, AND PAUL A. KLEIN     279

Survival of head-started Kemp’s ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii) released into the Gulf of Mexico or adjacent bays. CHARLES W. CAILLOUET, JR., CLARK T. FONTAINE, SHARON A. MANZELLA-TIRPAK, AND DONNA J. SHAVER     285

Geographic variation in the matamata turtle, Chelus fimbriatus, with observations on its shell morphology and morphometry. MARCELO R. SANCHEZ-VILLAGRA, PETER C.H. PRITCHARD, ALFRED PAOLILLO, AND OMAR J. LINARES     293

Redescription and neotype designation of Pelochelys bibroni from southern New Guinea (Testudines: Trionychidae). ROBERT G. WEBB     301

A new batagurid turtle from northern Sulawesi, Indonesia. WILLIAM P. MCCORD, JOHN B. IVERSON, AND BOEADI     311

Notes and Field Reports

Salvage of eggs from road-killed red-eared sliders, Trachemys scripta elegans. JOHN K. TUCKER     317

Repatriation of radiated tortoises, Geochelone radiata, from Reunion Island to Madagascar. STEPHANE BOULLAY     319

Observations on feeding habits of Hydromedusa maximiliani (Testudines: Chelidae) in southeastern Brazil. FRANCO LEANDRO SOUZA AND AUGUSTO SHINYA ABE     320

The date of publication of Gray’s Catalogue of Shield Reptiles. ROBERT G. WEBB     322


Results of studies on the chelonians of Albania. IDRIZ HAXHIU. [1985]. Translation from Albanian by JAMES R. BUSKIRK     324

Current data on the chelonians of Albania. IDRIZ HAXHIU     326

Commentaries and Reviews

A clarification on the activities of Projeto TAMAR, Brazil. CECILIA BAPTISTOTTE     328

Systematics of the Pseudemys concinna-floridana complex (Testudines: Emydidae): an alternative interpretation. DALE R. JACKSON     329

How many species of cooter turtles and where is the scientific evidence? – a reply to Jackson. MICHAEL E. SEIDEL     333

Book Review: ACUNA MESEN, R.A. 1993. Las Tortugas Continentales de Costa Rica. San Jose, Costa Rica: Editorial ICER, 58 pp. MAHMOOD SASA     336

Newsnotes and Announcements

Turtle and tortoise papers presented at the International Congress of Chelonian Conservation.     338


Volume 2 (1996–1997)


Volume 2, Number 1 – February 1996




Overwintering in the nest chamber by hatchling painted turtles, Chrysemys picta, in northern New Jersey. JOSEPH A. DEPARI     5

Reproductive biology of a flood-season nesting freshwater turtle of the northern neotropics: Dermatemys mawii in Belize. JOHN POLISAR     13

Ecological characteristics of the pancake tortoise, Malacochersus tornieri, in Tanzania. DON MOLL AND MICHAEL W. KLEMENS     26

Observations on ecological changes threatening a population of Testudo graeca graeca in the Souss Valley, southern Morocco. JANE R. BAYLEY AND ANDY C. HIGHFIELD     36

Seasonal variation of embryonic diapause in the striped mud turtle (Kinosternon baurii) and general considerations for conservation planning. MICHAEL A. EWERT AND DAWN S. WILSON     43

A six season study of marine turtle nesting at Praia do Forte, Bahia, Brazil, with implications for conservation and management. MARIA ANGELA MARCOVALDI AND ANTONIO LAURENT     55

A survey of organized turtle watch participants on sea-turtle nesting beaches in Florida. STEVE A. JOHNSON, KAREN A. BJORNDAL, AND ALAN B. BOLTEN     60

Observations on the natural history and exploitation of the turtles of Nepal, with life history notes on Melanochelys trijuga. JOSEPH C. MITCHELL AND ANDERS G.J. RHODIN     66

Notes and Field Reports

The origin of marine turtles: a pluralistic view of evolution. JOSEPH J. KINNEARY     73

Occurrence and diet of juvenile loggerhead sea turtles, Caretta caretta, in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. PAMELA T. PLOTKIN     78

First record of Heosemys spinosa from the Philippines, with biogeographic notes. INDRANEIL DAS     80

Neural bones in Australian chelid turtles. SCOTT THOMSON AND ARTHUR GEORGES     82

Temperature-dependent sex determination and hatching success in the gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus). RUSSELL L. BURKE, MICHAEL A. EWERT, JEFFREY B. McLEMORE, AND DALE R. JACKSON     86

Marine turtle nesting, nest predation, hatch frequency, and nesting seasonality on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. DANA L. DRAKE     89

Nesting activity of the loggerhead turtle, Caretta caretta, on Fethiye Beach, Turkey, in 1994. IBRAHIM BARAN AND OGUZ TURKOZAN     93

Stomach contents of commercially harvested adult alligator snapping turtles, Macroclemys temminckii. KEVIN N. SLOAN, KURT A. BUHLMANN, AND JEFFREY E. LOVICH     96

Distribution of nesting sites of sea turtles in Okinawajima and adjacent islands of the central Ryukyus, Japan. AKIRA KIKUKAWA, NAOKI KAMEZAKI, KOICHI HIRATE, AND HIDETOSHI OTA     99

Mating behavior in captive alligator snapping turtles (Macroclemys temminckii). J. BRENT HARREL, NEIL H. DOUGLAS, MAURY M. HARDAWAY, AND R. DALE THOMAS     101

Meat on the move: diet of a predatory turtle, Deirochelys reticularia (Testudines: Emydidae). DALE R. JACKSON     105

Kemp’s ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) tracked by satellite telemetry from Louisiana to nesting beach at Rancho Nuevo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. MAURICE L. RENAUD, JAMES A. CARPENTER, JO A. WILLIAMS, AND ANDRE M. LANDRY, JR.     108

Observations on Manouria impressa at Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary, northeastern Thailand. TANYA CHAN-ARD, KUMTHORN THIRAKHUPT, AND PETER PAUL VAN DIJK     109

Commentaries and Reviews

Possible demographic and ecologic consequences of sex ratio manipulation in turtles. JEFFREY E. LOVICH     114

On the absence of spur-thighed tortoises, Testudo graeca, from Egypt. JAMES R. BUSKIRK     118

Turtle Poetry

To a box turtle. JOHN UPDIKE     121

Newsnotes and Announcements 

Chelonian Research Foundation Linnaeus Fund: 1995 grant recipients. ANDERS G.J. RHODIN     122

Volume 2, Number 2 – October 1996

Special Focus Issue
The Leatherback Turtle, Dermochelys coriacea




Nesting Populations and Conservation

Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands: fifteen years of conservation. RALF H. BOULON, JR., PETER H. DUTTON, AND DONNA L. McDONALD     141

Use of PIT tags and photoidentification to revise remigration estimates of leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) nesting in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, 1979–1995. DONNA L. McDONALD AND PETER H. DUTTON     148

Nesting of the leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) in Tongaland, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, 1963–1995. GEORGE R. HUGHES     153

Leatherback turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, nesting and nest success at Tortuguero, Costa Rica, in 1990–1991. ALISON J. LESLIE, DAVID N. PENICK, JAMES R. SPOTILA, AND FRANK V. PALADINO     159

Leatherback turtle, Dermochelys coriacea, nesting at Tortuguero, Costa Rica, in 1995. CATHI L. CAMPBELL, CYNTHIA J. LAGUEUX, AND JEANNE A MORTIMER     169


Biology and conservation of leatherback turtles, Dermochelys coriacea, at Playa Langosta, Costa Rica. ANNY CHAVES, GUSTAVO SERRANO, GUILLERMO MARIN, EUGENIA ARGUEDAS, ALEJANDRO JIMENEZ, AND JAMES R. SPOTILA     184

Subsistence hunting of leatherback turtles, Dermochelys coriacea, in the Kai Islands, Indonesia. ALEXIS SUAREZ AND CHRISTOPHER H. STARBIRD     190

Decline of the leatherback population in Terengganu, Malaysia, 1956–1995. ENG-HENG CHAN AND HOCK-CHARK LIEW     196

Leatherback turtles, Dermochelys coriacea, nesting in French Guiana, 1978–1995. MARC GIRONDOT AND JACQUES FRETEY     204

Worldwide population decline of Dermochelys coriacea: are leatherback turtles going extinct? JAMES R. SPOTILA, ARTHUR E. DUNHAM, ALISON J. LESLIE, ANTHONY C. STEYERMARK, PAMELA T. PLOTKIN, AND FRANK V. PALADINO     209

Biology and Morphology

Respiratory physiology of adult leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) while nesting on land. FRANK V. PALADINO, JAMES R. SPOTILA, MICHAEL P. O’CONNOR, AND ROBERT E. GATTEN, JR.     223

Reproductive physiology of nesting leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) at Las Baulas National Park, Costa Rica. DAVID C. ROSTAL, FRANK V. PALADINO, RHONDA M. PATTERSON, AND JAMES R. SPOTILA     230

Shallow water diving by leatherback turtles in the South China Sea. SCOTT A. ECKERT, HOCK-CHARK LIEW, KAREN L. ECKERT, AND ENG-HENG CHAN     237

Age and growth in leatherback turtles, Dermochelys coriacea (Testudines: Dermochelyidae): a skeletochronological analysis. GEORGE R. ZUG AND JAMES F. PARHAM     244

Electron microscopic analysis of vascular cartilage canals in the humeral epiphysis of hatchling leatherback turtles, Dermochelys coriacea. JOHANNES A.G. RHODIN, ANDERS G.J. RHODIN, AND JAMES R. SPOTILA     250

Systematics and Evolution

On the availability of the name Dermochelys coriacea schlegelii (Garman, 1884) as a species or subspecies of the leatherback turtle. LEO DANIEL BRONGERSMA     261

Evolution and phylogeny of the leatherback turtles (Dermochelyidae), with descriptions of new fossil taxa. ROGER CONANT WOOD, JONNIE JOHNSON-GOVE, EUGENE S. GAFFNEY, AND KEVIN F. MALEY     266


Books on Marine Fish, in which True Figures of the Fish are Presented. Book XVI. Chapters II–V. On Turtles. GUILLAUME RONDELET. [1554]. Translated and annotated from Latin by KENNETH F. KITCHELL, JR., arranged and edited by ANDERS G.J. RHODIN     287

Commentaries and Reviews

Are leatherbacks really threatened with extinction? PETER C.H. PRITCHARD     303

Turtle Poetry

Awakening. KEVIN GRIMES     306


Volume 2, Number 3 – April 1997




A new species of mud turtle (genus Kinosternon) from Jalisco and Colima, Mexico, with notes on its natural history. JAMES F. BERRY, MICHAEL E. SEIDEL, AND JOHN B. IVERSON     329

Life history and ecology of the Sonoran mud turtle (Kinosternon sonoriense) in southeastern Arizona: a preliminary report. RICHARD C. VAN LOBEN SELS, JUSTIN D. CONGDON, AND JOSIAH T. AUSTIN     338

Response of embryos of the red-eared turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans) to experimental exposure to water-saturated substrates. JOHN K. TUCKER, FREDRIC J. JANZEN, AND GARY L. PAUKSTIS     345

Growth, reproduction, and survivorship in the red-eared turtle, Trachemys scripta elegans, in Illinois, with conservation implications. JOHN K. TUCKER AND DON MOLL     352

Home range characteristics of radiotagged gopher tortoises on Kennedy Space Center, Florida. REBECCA B. SMITH, DAVID R. BREININGER, AND VICKIE L. LARSON     358

Ecology of the eastern spiny softshell, Apalone spinifera spinijera, in the Lamoille River, Vermont. TERRY E. GRAHAM AND ANDREW A. GRAHAM     363

Clutch size and frequency in Florida box turtles (Terrapene carolina bauri): implications for conservation. C. KENNETH DODD, JR.     370

A comparative spotting-scope study of the distribution and relative abundance of river cooters (Pseudemys concinna) in western Kentucky and southern Mississippi. PETER V. LINDEMAN     378

Redescription of the Arakan forest turtle Geoemyda depressa Anderson 1875 (Testudines: Bataguridae). JOHN B. IVERSON AND WILLIAM P. McCORD     384

Variation in shell morphology and color of Hermann’s tortoise, Testudo hermanni, in southern Europe. GHISLAINE GUYOT AND BERNARD DEVAUX     390

Young desert tortoise survival: energy, water, and food requirements in the field. KENNETH A. NAGY, DAVID J. MORAFKA, AND REBECCA A. YATES     396

Notes and Field Reports

The spotted turtle (Clemmys guttata) in central Florida. MARY E. BARNWELL, PETER A. MEYLAN, AND TIMOTHY WALSH     405

Radiographic determination of fecundity: is the technique safe for developing turtle embryos? THOMAS G. HINTON, PETER D. FLEDDERMAN, JEFFREY E. LOVICH, JUSTIN D. CONGDON, AND J. WHITFIELD GIBBONS     409

Maximum size of the Egyptian tortoise, Testudo kleinmanni. BALAZS L. FARKAS, LASZLO SASVARI, AND JAMES R. BUSKIRK     415

New locality records for freshwater turtles from the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. JAMES R. BUSKIRK     415

Problems for conservation of pond turtles (Emys orbicularis) in central Italy: is the introduced red-eared turtle (Trachemys scripta) a serious threat? LUCA LUISELLI, MASSIMO CAPULA, DARIO CAPIZZI, ERNESTO FILIPPI, VERONICA TRUJILLO JESUS, AND CLAUDIO ANIBALDI     417

Occurrence of double clutching in the southwestern pond turtle, Clemmys marmorata pallida, in the Los Angeles Basin. ROBERT H. GOODMAN, JR.     419

Allometry in the loggerhead turtle, Caretta caretta. NAOKl KAMEZAKl AND MASAFUMI MATSUI     421

Incidental capture of sea turtles in shrimp trawls with and without TEDs in U.S. Atlantic and Gulf waters. MAURICE L. RENAUD, JAMES M. NANCE, ELIZABETH SCOTT-DENTON, AND GREGG R. GITSCHLAG     425

Thermoregulation of the European pond turtle, Emys orbicularis, in central Italy. CORINNE DI TRANI AND MARCO A.L. ZUFFI     428

Dietary overlap in three sympatric congeneric freshwater turtles (Pseudemys) in Florida. KAREN A. BJORNDAL, ALAN B. BOLTEN, CYNTHIA J. LAGUEUX, AND DALE R. JACKSON     430

Predation by the imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) on loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) nests on Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia. ROBERT A. MOULIS     433

Green turtle, Chelonia mydas, with fused carapacial scutes nesting at Atol das Rocas, Brazil. CLAUDIO BELLINI AND TAISI MARIA SANCHES     437

Commentaries and Reviews

Movement of hawksbill turtles — a different perspective on the DNA data. N. MROSOVSKY     438

Movement of hawksbill turtles: what scale is relevant to conservation, and what scale is resolvable with mtDNA data? BRIAN W. BOWEN AND ANNA L. BASS     440

Resolutions of the participants at the 17th Annual Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation. Compiled by JEANETTE WYNEKEN AND DEBORAH T. CROUSE     442

Linnaeus Fund Research Reports

Seasonal movements and habitat preferences of spotted turtles (Clemmys guttata) in north central Connecticut. KATHLEEN M. PERILLO     445

Ecology and natural history of the wood turtle (Clemmys insculpta) in southern New Hampshire. SHEILA E. TUTTLE AND DAVID M. CARROLL     447

Geographic variation in the giant softshell turtle, Pelochelys bibroni. ROBERT G. WEBB     450

Orientation by the Australian eastern long-necked turtle, Chelodina longicollis. TERRY E. GRAHAM     450

Impact of egg content on post-hatching size, body composition, and performance in the common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina). MICHAEL S. FINKLER     452

Turtle Poetry

Ancient ones. GRACE S. McLAUGHLIN     456

Newsnotes and Announcements

Chelonian Research Foundation Linnaeus Fund: 1996 grant recipients. ANDERS G.J. RHODIN     457

The 17th Annual Sea Turtle Symposium — largest ever. JEANETTE WYNEKEN     457

El Mundo de la Tortuga: the leatherback turtle museum. CORINNE VIGNON, UBALDO ESTEBAN, LAURENT LOMBART, AND MAXIME MARQUEZ     458

The plight of the giant tortoises of Changuu Island, Zanzibar. STEVE TOLAN AND JOHN E. COOPER     459

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation — a new journal. CRAIG HASSAPAKIS     460

Three turtle conservation groups win Getty Prize. GILLIAN HAGGERTY     460


The 5th Annual Workshop on Natural History and Conservation of Florida Turtles. GEORGE L. HEINRICH     461