Courtship tactics in garter snakes: how do a male's morphology and behaviour influence his mating success?

@article{Shine2004CourtshipTI,
  title={Courtship tactics in garter snakes: how do a male's morphology and behaviour influence his mating success?},
  author={R. Shine and T. Langkilde and R. Mason},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={2004},
  volume={67},
  pages={477-483}
}
The behavioural determinants of male mating success play a pivotal role in sexual selection, but remain poorly known for most kinds of organisms, including most reptiles. In Manitoba, Canada, large numbers of red-sided garter snakes, Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis, court and mate in early spring near communal overwintering dens. To understand how a male’s morphology and behaviour might influence his mating success, we videotaped 21 groups of snakes each comprising four males of varying body… Expand
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