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Comp Biochem Physiol B. 1987;87(4):999-1003.

Sex and seasonal differences in the skin lipids of garter snakes.

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Department of Zoology, University of Texas, Austin 78712.


1. This study investigates the skin lipids of male and female red-sided garter snakes both in the breeding season and in the non-breeding season. 2. Skin lipids were analyzed by means of thin-layer chromatography (TLC) and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). 3. Distinct differences exist in the skin lipids of males and females. 4. Samples obtained during the breeding season were qualitatively different from those acquired during the non-breeding season.

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