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Snake social behavior

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Introduction

  • Snakes have traditionally been thought to be non-social animals; however, that image has been modified through the years.
  • Current research shows that snakes are social during certain times of the year.
  • Examples are during breeding season and in over-wintering hibernaculums.
  • In Manitoba, Canada, red-sided garter snakes have been found in aggregations of over 10,000 snakes in individual dens.
  • Communication by pheromone production is thought to be responsible for this behavior Snake senses/communication.

Housing

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Breeding

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Mohan-Gibbons H & Raiti P (2010) Snakes. In: Behavior of Exotic Pets. Ed: Tynes V V. Wiley-Blackwell. pp 21-32.
Reproduced with permission from Valerie V Tynes: Behavior of Exotic Pets © 2010, published by John Wiley & Sons.

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