Biology: The Dynamic Science (Mind...

4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892



Biology: The Dynamic Science (Mind...

4th Edition
Peter J. Russell + 2 others
ISBN: 9781305389892
Textbook Problem

How did Arnold demonstrate that the receptiveness of garter snakes to a meal of banana slugs had a genetic basis?

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The observation of Arnold’s experiment to demonstrate that receptiveness of garter snake to a meal of banana slug has a genetic basis.


The hypothesis about the genetic basis of receptiveness of garter snake to banana slug is to be tested, so Arnold carried out an experiment, which involved breeding of garter snakes from coastal region and inland region. These two belong to the same species but differ in the fact that those of coastal regions regularly ate banana slugs but those from inland region rarely had them.


Arnold carried out a mating experiment between garter snakes inhabiting different regions. The snakes belonged to the coastal regions and the inland regions of California. The coastal regions are inhabited by banana slugs and constitute the major food for the garter snakes residing there, while the snakes ...

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