oa African Zoology - Suckling behaviour in captive Dendrohyrax arboreus (Mammalia: Hyracoidea)

Volume 19, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



The suckling behaviour in four consecutive litters of a captive female Dendrohyrax arboreus is descriptionbed. The young showed teat constancy which was established by day four of age without aggressive interactions, and maintained until weaning in all multiple litters. A preference for the more productive inguinal teats was apparent. Frequency of suckling bouts decreased with time but their duration increased. Most suckling occurred shortly after dawn and before dusk. The female showed decreasing maternal care in each successive litter.

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