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Territoriality in a snake

Webb, Jonathan; Scott, Mitchell; Whiting, Martin J.; Shine, Richard

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Territorial behaviour, whereby dominant animals gain priority access to critical resources, is widespread in some animal lineages, but rare in others. Theory suggests that territoriality will evolve only when animals can economically defend sites that contain critical resources (typically mates, sometimes food). In striking contrast to their close relatives the lizards, male defence of territories for access to mates has not been reported in snakes. In south-eastern Australia, receptive female...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/98799
Source: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
DOI: 10.1007/s00265-015-1977-y

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