Effect of fall mating on ovarian development in the red-sided garter snake.

@article{Mendonca1989EffectOF,
  title={Effect of fall mating on ovarian development in the red-sided garter snake.},
  author={M. J. T. de Mendonca and David M Crews},
  journal={The American journal of physiology},
  year={1989},
  volume={257 6 Pt 2},
  pages={R1548-50}
}
Although spring mating is an important factor in initiating vitellogenesis in female red-sided garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis), some females can become vitellogenic without having mated in the spring. Two hypotheses have been proposed to explain this phenomenon: 1) long-term storage of copulatory stimuli from mating the previous fall, or 2) additional cue(s) overcoming the lack of mating to stimulate vitellogenesis. Through oviductal biopsy, the presence of sperm in females… CONTINUE READING

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