Acute corticosterone elevation enhances antipredator behaviors in male tree lizard morphs.

@article{Thaker2009AcuteCE,
  title={Acute corticosterone elevation enhances antipredator behaviors in male tree lizard morphs.},
  author={Maria Thaker and Steven L. Lima and Diana K Hews},
  journal={Hormones and behavior},
  year={2009},
  volume={56 1},
  pages={51-7}
}
In response to stressful events, most vertebrates rapidly elevate plasma glucocorticoid levels. Corticosterone release stimulates physiological and behavioral responses that can promote survival while suppressing behaviors that are not crucial to immediate survival. Corticosterone also has preparatory effects for subsequent stressors. Using male tree lizards (Urosaurus ornatus), we tested our prediction that elevated corticosterone is important for mediating and enhancing antipredator behaviors… CONTINUE READING

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