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Self selection of diet by hispid cotton rats sigmodon hispidus texianus


Self selection of diet by hispid cotton rats sigmodon hispidus texianus



Psychological Reports 41(2): 343-346



ISSN/ISBN: 0033-2941

Dietary requirements of hispid cotton rats [S. hispidus texianus] were studied by the self-selection of diet method. A subject pool of 46 animals was required to provide 10 males and 10 females which adjusted successfully to the feeding plan. Subsequently a mash devised on the basis of self-selection data fed naive subjects more efficiently than did a commercial chow. Consequently dietary self-selections by the successful selectors, while possibly nonrepresentative for the species, may provide a suitable maintenance ration for captives. In view of its increasing geographic range during recent years, its tendency to irrupt in population at about 10 yr intervals, and its destruction of quail and crops, the dietary habits of these rats take on significance for wildlife conservation and for agriculture.

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