return to main index

  mobile - desktop
follow us on facebook follow us on twitter follow us on YouTube link to us on LinkedIn
Click here for LLL Reptile & Supply  
click here for Rodent Pro
This Space Available
3 months for $50.00
Locate a business by name: click to list your business
search the classifieds. buy an account
events by zip code list an event
Search the forums             Search in:
News & Events: Herp Photo of the Day: Happy Rattlesnake Friday! . . . . . . . . . .  Herp Photo of the Day: Snake . . . . . . . . . .  Reptiles At The York Expo Center - Feb. 04, 2023 . . . . . . . . . .  All Maryland Reptile Show - Feb. 11, 2023 . . . . . . . . . .  Northern Virginia Reptile Show - Feb. 18, 2023 . . . . . . . . . .  Western Maryland Reptile Show - Mar. 04, 2023 . . . . . . . . . .  All Maryland Reptile Show - Mar 11, 2023 . . . . . . . . . .  York County Reptile Show - Mar. 12, 2023 . . . . . . . . . .  East Coast Reptile Super Expo - Mar. 25, 2023 . . . . . . . . . .  All Maryland Reptile Show - Apr. 01, 2023 . . . . . . . . . .  Richmond Reptile Expo - Apr. 08, 2023 . . . . . . . . . .  Northern Virginia Reptile Show - Apr. 15, 2023 . . . . . . . . . . 

full banner - advertise here .50¢/1000 views
Shipping for Reptiles and Amphibians and approved shipping supplies
pool banner - $50 year

RE: That said

[ Login ] [ User Prefs ] [ Search Forums ] [ Back to Main Page ] [ Back to Hognose Snakes ] [ Reply To This Message ]
[ Register to Post ]

Posted by: tbrophy at Sat Apr 5 20:17:42 2014  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by tbrophy ]  
   

At first blush, it seems reasonable to "assume" that the female with the largest clutch (or clutches) would have more offspring which could reach maturity, reproduce and contribute to the gene pool. Then she would be more important. But if the female with the smaller clutch has offspring that are larger, more robust, the she may prove to contribute more to the gene pool. Also, the female with the smaller clutch may be younger and have many more years to produce clutches than the "old girl" who deposits 30 eggs. I suppose a clutch of 30 eggs is much more likely to become lunch, than a clutch of just 8 eggs. Ultimately, we really cannot answer the question regarding which female is more important without knowing more about the selection pressure the population faces.


   

[ Reply To This Message ] [ Subscribe to this Thread ] [ Show Entire Thread ]


>> Next Message:  RE: That said - FR, Sun Apr 6 09:04:07 2014

<< Previous Message:  RE: That said - FR, Sat Apr 5 19:37:51 2014