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Study Species

Studies in the Mason Lab focus primarily on the red-sided garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis). In the past, however, we have studied several species and subspecies of garter snakes locally. We have recently begun to study a sympatric species of garter snake in our field area in Manitoba, Canada. You can learn more about these species on the following pages.


In the past, we have also extensively studied the reproductive biology (chemical ecology, endocrinology, behavior) of the brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis), but we have recently begun to focus solely on garter snakes. More recently, we have investigated the use of a surrogate snake species (eastern kingsnake) to understand the chemical ecology of a threatened species (eastern indigo snake). Dr. Mason has also collaborated with Dr. Shine to study the chemical ecology and reproductive biology of two species of coral snakes.