Influence of the seminal plug on mating behaviour in the garter snake

@article{Ross1977InfluenceOT,
  title={Influence of the seminal plug on mating behaviour in the garter snake},
  author={P Ross and David M Crews},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1977},
  volume={267},
  pages={344-345}
}
PHEROMONES are used by a wide variety of animals to identify the social status, sex and reproductive state of conspecifics1. In snakes, olfactory cues are involved in prey selection and trail following2–4, recent experiments indicate that female sexual attractivity in the garter snake Thamnophis sirtalis is oestrogen-dependent and that sexually active males discriminate between, and preferentially court, oestrogen-injected females5,6. We report here that in the closely related species, T. radix… CONTINUE READING

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