Laboratory Evaluation of Predator Odors for Eliciting an Avoidance Response in Roof Rats (Rattus rattus)

@article{Burwash2004LaboratoryEO,
  title={Laboratory Evaluation of Predator Odors for Eliciting an Avoidance Response in Roof Rats (Rattus rattus)},
  author={Michael D. Burwash and Mark E. Tobin and Anthony D. Woolhouse and Thomas P. Sullivan},
  journal={Journal of Chemical Ecology},
  year={2004},
  volume={24},
  pages={49-66}
}
We evaluated eight synthetic predator odors and mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus) feces for eliciting avoidance responses and/or reduced feeding by wild captured Hawaiian roof rats (Rattus rattus). In a bioassay arena, we recorded: (1) time until each rat entered the arena, (2) time elapsed until first eating bout, (3) time spent in each half of the arena, (4) number of eating bouts, and (5) consumption. Rats displayed a response to the predator odors in terms of increased elapsed time before… CONTINUE READING

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