SREL Reprint #0504

 

 

 

Reproductive Patterns of Some Small Mammals in South Carolina

Michael J. O’Farrell, Donald W. Kaufman, John B. Gentry and Michael H. Smith

 

Abstract

Reproductive cycles of the shrew, Blarina brevicauda, and three rodents, Peromyscus gossypinus, Ochrotomys nuttali and Sigmodon hispidus, were examined from lands of the ERDA Savannah River Plant near Aiken, South Carolina.  The information was collected from 1955 to 1973 and all species demonstrated bimodal reproductive cycles with peaks of activity in the spring and fall.  Sigmodon hispidus and P. gossypinus had an equal intensity of effort during both seasons while B. brevicauda had a greater spring effort and O. nuttali a greater fall effort.

 

SREL Reprint #0504

O'Farrell, M.J., D.W. Kaufman, J.B. Gentry, and M.H. Smith. 1977. Reproductive patterns of some small mammals in South Carolina. Florida Scientist 40:76-84.

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