Use of Communal Shedding Sites by the Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus oreganus) in Central Washington State
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Here we describe both direct and indirect observations of multiple shedding aggregations near a communal hibernaculum of Crotalus o. oreganus from a location in central Washington State. We present evidence that, in addition to overwintering hibernacula, shed rocks may comprise an important feature of the social structure of this population of rattlesnakes.
Loughran, C. L., Beck, D. D., & Weaver, R. E. (2015). Use of Communal Shedding Sites by the Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus oreganus) in Central Washington State. Northwestern Naturalist, 96(2), 156–160. https://doi.org/10.1898/1051-1733-96.2.156
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