Conflict and assessment in a predator–prey system: ground squirrels versus rattlesnakes

@article{Swaisgood1999ConflictAA,
  title={Conflict and assessment in a predator–prey system: ground squirrels versus rattlesnakes},
  author={Ronald R. Swaisgood and Donald H. Owings and Matthew P. Rowe},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1999},
  volume={57},
  pages={1033-1044}
}
Adult California ground squirrels, Spermophilus beecheyi beecheyi, actively confront and harass northern Pacific rattlesnakes, Crotalus viridis oreganus, which are the principal predator of ground squirrel pups. In this report we examine the roles of risk (snake size) and context (location of encounter and squirrel reproductive category) in rattlesnake assessment by ground squirrels. In interpreting the results, we borrow heavily from the well-developed conceptual framework applied in the… CONTINUE READING

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