The ability of hatchling pine snakes (Pituophis melanoleucus) to follow or avoid the chemical trails of conspecifics and a king snake (Lampropeltis getulus) on paper substrates was investigated in Y-maze experiments. Hatchlings entered the arm with the adult conspecific trail and avoided the arm containing the king snake trail at a frequency much greater than that due to chance. The data support the hypotheses that pine snakes follow the chemical trails of adult conspecifics and avoid the chemical trails of a predator.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Chemical cues
- Pituophis melanoleucus
- odor trails
- pine snake
- predator avoidance