The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.
The 2017/18 impact factor of the Herpetological Journal is 1.268
Authors: John Davenport And Jane F. Ward
Abstract: The appetite of saltmarsh diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys Terrapin) is extremely large (mean satiation ration on a diet of mussel flesh at 25ºC = 7.2% body weight), some 8- 10 times that of closely related freshwater emydid turtles. When held in sea water without access to fresh water the appetite of diamondbacks is gradually depressed, reaching (after 18 days in sea water) 22-54% of the average satiation ration recorded when fresh water is available. Between 20 and 35"C appetite in Malaclemys is stable (Q10 = 1.1). Between 15 and 20ºC Q10 = 20.7, indicating a shift to a hypometabolic state below 20ºC.