Post-fight levels of plasma lactate and corticosterone in male copperheads, Agkistrodon contortrix (Serpentes, Viperidae): differences between winners and losers.

@article{Schuett2000PostfightLO,
  title={Post-fight levels of plasma lactate and corticosterone in male copperheads, Agkistrodon contortrix (Serpentes, Viperidae): differences between winners and losers.},
  author={Gordon W Schuett and Matthew S. Grober},
  journal={Physiology & behavior},
  year={2000},
  volume={71 3-4},
  pages={335-41}
}
During the mating seasons (late summer and spring), male copperheads (Agkistrodon contortrix; Serpentes, Viperidae) engage in aggressive physical interactions for priority of access to females. These fights generally involve two individuals and are characterized by prominent vertical displays, a high degree of physical contact, and the absence of biting. Ritualized aggression does not occur in females. Although intrasexual aggression in conspecifics has obvious energetic costs (e.g., lactate… CONTINUE READING
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