College of Science and Mathematics
Biological Sciences Department
BS in Biological Sciences
This is a study on trap shyness and trap avoidance in the kangaroo rat species Dipodomys heermanni arenae. This species is being studied as a surrogate for the critically endangered Dipodomys heermanni morroensis. This is an ongoing study that has been continuing for the past three years, with four three-day sessions per year. The study is a specific look at the effects of the use of Sherman traps on kangaroo rat behavior between individual session days. Capture proportions for each of the three days of each session were calculated and compared through a t-test. The current results of this data set display no support for a significant effect of trap shyness and avoidance on this species of kangaroo rats.