Advisor

Joan M. Whittier

Date of Award

1989

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Biology

Department

Biology

Physical Description

1 online resource (71 p.)

Subjects

Common garter snake -- Behavior, Corticosterone

DOI

10.15760/etd.5800

Abstract

Mechanisms of how red-sided garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis) travel up to 18 km from summer feeding sites to hibernation dens are not understood. In this study, monthly and seasonal trailing behavior were investigated to determine whether red-sided garter snakes prefer to follow trails of snakes from the same den (den-mates) versus trails made by other conspecifics (non-den-mates). Snakes from five different hibernacula in Manitoba, Canada, were involved in the study. Eighteen were adults and 15 were subadults. Subadult red-sided garter snakes do not return to hibernacula until their second year of life, so their trailing behavior was of interest in learning how they might first find hibernation sites.

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Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/21997

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