The role of receptivity in the courtship behavior of Podocnemis erythrocephala in captivity

Camila Rudge Ferrara, Larissa Schneider, Richard C. Vogt, Joanna Burger

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The courtship behavior of Podocnemis erythrocephala (Red-headed Amazon River Turtle) in captivity was studied to examine female receptivity and male response to female rejection. We observed 20 females and 39 males in 150 sessions (3-6 h/day for a total of 450 h). In 36% of the trials, there was no interaction between males and females, and 20% of the trials resulted in copulations. All males introduced into tanks approached females, and eventually there was aggression among the males. In 48% of the experiments, females also searched for or approached males. When males initially approached females, they either accepted the male's advances (14%), rejected the male passively (38%), or rejected the male aggressively (48%). In 86% of the cases where males were rejected, 4% attempted to approach females again, and in 51% they were ultimately successful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-125
Number of pages5
JournalActa Ethologica
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology


  • Amazon
  • Courtship behavior
  • Podocnemididae
  • Red-headed Amazon River turtle


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