Environmental factors related to basking in the midland painted turtle, Chrysemys picta marginata (Agassiz)
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Honors Theses; 1978
The time of the day, the radian temperature, and the sky condition are the three most important individual factors relative to the basking behavior of painted turtles. Painted turtles bask more in the late morning than during any other daylight hours. Painted turtles do not bask at night. The combined effects of four factors; sky condition, air temperature, water temperature near the bottom, and the time of day account for more than 95% of the statistical significance of the variance.