Estimating Loggerhead Hatchling Gender Ratios

Sea turtles, like many reptiles, exhibit a form of environmental sex determination called temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD). This means that the temperature inside the nest during a critical period of incubation determines the gender of the young. In sea turtle species, all of which exhibit TSD, warmer nest temperatures produce females and cooler nests give rise to males.

Rachel Teller
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