Application of body condition indices for leopard tortoises (Geochelone pardalis)
Lickel L, Edwards MS. 2009. Application of body condition indices for leopard tortoises (Geochelone pardalis). In Ward A, Treiber K, Schmidt D, Coslik A, Maslanka M, Eds. Proceedings of the Eighth Conference on Zoo and Wildlife Nutrition, AZA Nutrition Advisory Group, Tulsa, OK.
Indirect methods of assessing chelonian body condition using combinations of body mass and shell measurements have been explored: however, there is little published data on tracking captive chelonian health and growth using a body condition index (BCI). Two published BCI formulas were compared for application with a captive colony of leopard tortoises (Geochelone pardalis).31_LickelTortoiseBCS.pdf     703 KB