Journal article

Behavioral shifts associated with reproduction in garter snakes

R Shine, B Phillips, H Waye, RT Mason

Behavioral Ecology | OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC | Published : 2003

Abstract

Reproduction may involve profound modifications to behaviors such as feeding, antipredator tactics, and thermoregulation. Such shifts have generally been interpreted as direct consequences of reproduction but may instead be secondary effects of reproduction-associated changes in other traits such as habitat use. We quantified behaviors of red-sided garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis) courting and mating at a communal den, and also of postreproductive snakes dispersing from the same den. Snakes at the den actively courted, did not feed, tolerated close approach by humans, and did not retaliate (bite) when seized by us. Dispersing snakes did not court, fed, fled from our approach, a..

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