Removal of copulatory plugs by female tree squirrels

J. L. Koprowski

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Copulatory plugs form in the vagina of females from the semen of male fox squirrels Sciurus niger and eastern gray squirrels S. carolinensis. Although copulatory plugs frequently are hypothesized to prevent the successful copulation of subsequent males, female tree squirrels often remove the plug within 30 s of copulating and either discard or consume it. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)572-576
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Mammalogy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Genetics
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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