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Unformatted text preview: The Not-So-Dumb Corn Snake Corn Elaphe guttata guttata Introduction Introduction Corn snakes are smarter than I thought Background information on corn snake Nomenclature Appearance Habitat & Food Spatial learning experiment Background Information Background Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Subpylum: Vertebrata Class: Reptilia Order: Squamata (lizards and snakes) Suborder: Serpentes Family: Colubridae (non-venomous) Genus: Elaphe Genus: Elaphe Nomenclature Nomenclature Elaphe guttata elaphe = deerskin guttata = speckled or spotted guttata Other names: Red rat snake Other Appearance Appearance „vivid colors of reddish or orange blotches edged in vivid black with a grayish to orange colored background tinged with yellow“ (http://wildwnc.org/af/cornsnake.html) Belly: black/white checkerboard Habitat & Food & Characteristics Habitat New Jersey –Florida, East Coast – Texas and Utah overgrown fields, forest openings, and abandoned or seldom overgrown used buildings, corn fields and corn cribs Feed on rodents and thereby keep down the rodent population Feed excellent climbers looking for nestling birds excellent Poikilotherm Respiration via lungs Lay eggs Non-venomous snakes Constricting their prey Spatial Learning - Experiment Spatial Holtzman et. al 1997: Spatial learning of an escape task by young corn snakes, Elaphe guttata guttata - 17 snakes tested with a 4-day training period First Results from Experiment First first trial of day 1 third trial of day 4 Results from Experiment Results Conclusion Conclusion Wow! – snakes are actually smart!!! Sources Sources http://wildwnc.org/af/cornsnake.html Holtzman, David A., Terrenc3 W. Harris, Holtzman, Guillermo Arangurene, Elizabeth Bostock. 1999. Spatial learning of an escape task by young corn snakes, Elaphe guttata guttata. Elaphe Animal Behaviour, 57, 51 – 60. Animal 57, images: http://www.tainoreptiles.com ...
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