The Opportunistic Serpent : Male Garter Snakes Adjustcourtship Tactics to Mating Opportunities

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Reproductivemales encounter potential mates under a range of circumstances that in uence the costs, beneŽ ts or feasibility of alternative courtship tactics. Thus, males may be under strong selection to  exibly modify their behaviour.Red-sided garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis) in Manitoba overwinter in communal dens, and court and mate in… (More)

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