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- Burger, Joanna; Zappalorti, Robert
- Journal of Herpetology 2015 v.49 no.2 pp. 245-251
- Pituophis; females; habitats; hibernation; life history; males; philopatry; pine barrens; snakes; winter; New Jersey
- ... Northern Pine Snakes (Pituophis melanoleucus) are one of the few snakes that spend the winter in underground hibernacula that they excavate. We report the use of hibernacula by Pine Snakes from 1986 to 2012 in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. We determined whether philopatry to a specific hibernaculum varied as a function of age, sex, and location of the hibernaculum. Three hibernacula were occupied n ...
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