Imagine standing in a swamp in southeastern Oklahoma, up to your hips in muck. It’s humid and buggy, and a monotonous hum fills the air. But this buzz isn’t from insects or a moody rattlesnake.
It’s the sound of a shiny, seven-inch-long sex toy. Which you are currently applying to the genitals of a western chicken turtle. For science.
Curiously, this was the scene in the summer of 2014 as Donald McKnight, a herpetologist at Missouri State University, tested out a new, noninvasive method for figuring out whether turtles are male or female. This compared to taking them shopping and seeing if they buy shoes