Chemical and behavioral ecology of foraging in prairie rattlesnakes (Crotalus viridis viridis)

@article{Duvall1990ChemicalAB,
  title={Chemical and behavioral ecology of foraging in prairie rattlesnakes (Crotalus viridis viridis)},
  author={David G Duvall and David A. Chiszar and William Kent Hayes and Janet K. Leonhardt and Matthew J. Goode},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={1990},
  volume={16},
  pages={87-101}
}
Free-ranging prairie rattlesnakes (Crotalus viridis viridis) exhibit lengthy vernal migrations upon emergence from winter hibernation. A series of laboratory experiments was designed to test hypotheses regarding the function and causation of vernal movements. Rattlesnakes obtained from Wyoming and Colorado populations were used. First, we hypothesized that the function of vernal movements is to locate small mammal prey. Second, we predicted that activeC. v. viridis use prey chemicals, as well… CONTINUE READING