Rattlesnake predatory behaviour: Mediation of prey discrimination and release of swallowing by cues arising from envenomated mice

@article{Duvall1980RattlesnakePB,
  title={Rattlesnake predatory behaviour: Mediation of prey discrimination and release of swallowing by cues arising from envenomated mice},
  author={David G Duvall and K Scudder and David A. Chiszar},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1980},
  volume={28},
  pages={674-683}
}
Responses of rattlesnakes to envenomated mice were examined in five experiments. In experiment 1 rattlesnakes (Crotalus durissus terrificus and C. viridis viridis) discriminated mice that they had envenomated, as indexed by number of tongue flicks and accumulated investigation time, when these prey items were paired with control mice killed by the experimenter. Experiment 2 demonstrated that rattlesnakes also exhibited this discrimination when presented with mice envenomated by a conspecific… CONTINUE READING