*Formerly of Infestation Control Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
VARIABILITY IN THE BEHAVIOUR OF WILD HOUSE MICE (MUS MUSCULUS L.) TOWARDS LIVE TRAPS
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
1961 The Zoological Society of London
Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London
Volume 137, Issue 4, pages 573–582, December 1961
How to Cite
CROWCROFT, P. and JEFFERS, J. N. R. (1961), VARIABILITY IN THE BEHAVIOUR OF WILD HOUSE MICE (MUS MUSCULUS L.) TOWARDS LIVE TRAPS. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London, 137: 573–582. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1961.tb06090.x
- Issue published online: 30 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Accepted 14th February 1961
Groups of marked wild house mice confined in pens were subjected to repeated live-trapping, to investigate suspected differences in reaction to traps. More males tended to enter traps than females, but the difference between the sexes was not consistently statistically significant. Within each sex, however, some individuals were significantly trap-prone, and some trap-shy. This heterogeneity in response was more pronounced among the females, and there was evidence that it was due to social factors involving the presence of mates. The trap-response of descendants of trap-prone and trap-shy mice suggested that inherent differences might also be involved.