Behavior patterns of cold-resistant golden spiny mouse Acomys russatus

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Nesting behavior and food storage were studied in a cold-resistant (CR) population of the golden spiny mouse, Acomys russatus, in Southern Sinai at an altitude of 1600 m. CR-mice, in contrast to cold-sensitive (CS) ones, built nests in which they stored food. Such mice were found to be winter-solitary. These results show that food supply is an essential parameter for the survival of CR-mice during winter. Therefore, it is suggested that food supply rather than energy conservation was the main driving force in the selection of a solitary behavior pattern of CR-mice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-643
Number of pages3
JournalPhysiology and Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • Desert rodent
  • Food storage
  • Overwintering
  • Solitary nesting
  • Thermoregulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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