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Using Enclosed Y-Mazes to Assess Chemosensory Behavior in Reptiles

DOI :

10.3791/61858-v

6:15 min

April 7th, 2021

April 7th, 2021

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1Department of Biology, James Madison University, 2U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center, 3U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Wildlife Research Center, 4U.S. Geological Survey, Fort Collins Science Center

Y-mazes enable researchers to determine the relevance of specific stimuli that drive animal behavior, especially isolated chemical cues from a variety of sources. Careful design and planning can yield robust data (e.g., discrimination, degree of exploration, numerous behaviors). This experimental apparatus can provide powerful insight into behavioral and ecological questions.

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