Defensive aspects of burrowing behavior in rats (Rattus Norvegicus): A descriptive and correlational study

@article{Kitaoka1994DefensiveAO,
  title={Defensive aspects of burrowing behavior in rats (Rattus Norvegicus): A descriptive and correlational study},
  author={Akiyoshi Kitaoka},
  journal={Behavioural Processes},
  year={1994},
  volume={31},
  pages={13-27}
}
  • A. Kitaoka
  • Published 1 February 1994
  • Biology, Psychology
  • Behavioural Processes
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