Environmental enrichment alters the behavioral profile of ratsnakes (Elaphe).

  title={Environmental enrichment alters the behavioral profile of ratsnakes (Elaphe).},
  author={Lynn M Almli and Gordon M. Burghardt},
  journal={Journal of applied animal welfare science : JAAWS},
  volume={9 2},
This study investigated the effects of environmentally enriched and standard laboratory housing conditions on behavioral performance in 16 subadult ratsnakes (Elaphe obsoleta) using a split-clutch design. In a problem-solving task, snakes housed in enriched environments (EC) exhibited shorter latencies to the goal hole as compared to snakes housed in standard conditions (SC). In an open field task, EC snakes tended to habituate more quickly than SC snakes with repeated testing. A feeding task… CONTINUE READING

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