Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

A Quantitative Description of the Behavior of Rats During Copulation

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.
Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the Brill platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. MyBook is a cheap paperback edition of the original book and will be sold at uniform, low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites

image of Behaviour

Two experiments were performed in order to quantify the behavior that occurs during copulation tests in the rat. In the first experiment each of 10 male rats was given 16 copulation tests and in the second experiment each of 10 female rats was given 5 copulation tests. The behavior of the two sexes was divided into 8 and 10 categories respectively. In both sexes locomotor-exploratory behavior increased in the period preceding the male's ejaculation and was greatest in the middle of the post-ejaculatory interval. Females explored more than males. Both sexes sniffed each other and most sniffing occurred before the first intromission and near the end of the post-ejaculatory interval. In males genital grooming was associated with copulation, but this was not true in females. Non-genital grooming was not closely associated with copulation. Pursuit and mounting in males and running and lordosing in females increased during periods of copulatory activity. In both sexes immobility appeared to be associated with ejaculation by the male. Interpretation of the immobility response was discussed.

Affiliations: 1: University of Florida, Gainesville, USA


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation