Term of Award
Master of Arts
Document Type and Release Option
Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)
Department of Psychology
Paul R. Kleinginna, Jr.
Committee Member 1
J. Peter Kincaid
Committee Member 2
Richard L. Rogers
The purpose of the present study was to condition king snakes to manipulate a pigeon key for water reinforcement. Two king snakes were used as control subjects receiving no reinforcement and two were used as experimental subjects to receive water reinforcement.
This study demonstrated that king snakes could be conditioned to press a pigeon key for water reinforcement on a continuous reinforcement schedule. There was evidence of conditioning, extinction, and re-conditioning.
Results of this study support the Kleinginna's results (1970)p that moulting decreased the conditioned response rate, but does not completely disrupt conditioning.
Lindsey, Grover Dwight, "Operant Conditioning in the King Snake (Lampropeltis getulus getulus)" (1974). Legacy ETDs. 998.