Annual reproductive cycle in the male red-sided garter snake, Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis: field and laboratory studies.

Abstract

The reproductive cycle of male red-sided garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis) was studied in a laboratory-maintained population and in nature. Both populations exhibited a dissociated reproductive pattern in which spermatogenesis was initiated after the breeding season and sperm were stored in the vas deferens over winter. Although animals in both… (More)

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